Saudi stocks nosedive amid pressure over Khashoggi's disappearance

The Turkish government has informed American officials that it has audio and video recordings proving that Jamal Khashoggi, the dissident Saudi journalist who disappeared from his country's consulate in Istanbul last week, was killed inside the building, according to United States and Turkish officials.

Jamal Khashoggi, a well-known journalist and critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he attended Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul last week.

Mr. Trump said the USA will be "very upset and angry" if Saudi Arabia is responsible, noting that targeting a journalist is "something really awful and disgusting".

Ottawa will keep its $15bn arms deal with Riyadh despite concerns over Saudi involvement in the disappearance of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the diplomatic row over human rights, Prime Minister Trudeau said.

Saudi Arabia's government denies that he is in custody.

He urged it to do so and allow Turkish officials to enter the consulate. "Yes", Trump said in the interview, which was conducted on Thursday. "There's something - you may be surprised to hear me say that, but there's something really bad and disgusting about that if that were the case".

US President Donald Trump.

Declaring that the USA will "get to the bottom" of Khashoggi's mysterious death, Trump said he would be "very upset and angry" if Saudi Arabia was behind it.

According to Trump, the Saudis "deny it [the killing] in every way you can imagine". Could it be them? "But if they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China, or they're going to buy it from other countries", he said.

"I actually think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that", Trump told reporters at the White House.

What other reaction has there been?

"Now, as of this moment, nobody knows what happened".

Jim Kim, the head of the World Bank, has already withdrawn from the event.

He also is putting on hold discussions about a proposed Saudi investment in space companies Virgin Galactic and Virgin Orbit.

The latest reports suggest an assault and a struggle took place in the consulate.

The spokesperson of Erdogan's ruling party, Omer Celik, acknowledged on Saturday that there were "extremely sensational claims" about Khashoggi's fate in the media and said there would be "severe consequences" for anyone found responsible if they were true.

Turkey's investigation into the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has revealed recordings made on his Apple Watch purportedly indicating he was tortured and killed, a Turkish newspaper reported on Saturday.

"My comment is we all want information", Mnuchin said, "so let's wait and see what information comes out in the next week".

"He'd given it to her as she waited outside the consulate, telling her who to call if he didn't come out of the building", the report said, adding all the conversations of the Saudi executioners were recorded in this file".

Separately, a video has emerged of men described as Saudi intelligence officers entering and leaving Turkey.

  • Wendy Palmer