Khashoggi case: Turkish investigators enter Saudi consulate again; search consul's residence

WION Web Team Istanbul, Turkey Oct 18, 2018, 07.02 AM(IST)

Police investigators again conduct inspections at Saudi consulate Photograph:( Reuters )

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The police reportedly used a drone over the residence of Otaibi, according to reports. 

Turkish police and forensic experts conducted a second round of investigations in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul including searches at the residence of Saudi consul's residence as the hunt for clues into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi continued on Thursday.

The investigators entered the residence of  Saudi consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi who was reportedly at the consulate when Khashoggi was at the consulate, reports said. The team looked into the garden area including the roof of the house. 

The police reportedly used a drone over the residence of Otaibi, according to reports. They reportedly spent almost nine hours in the building.

Otaibi meanwhile has flown out of Saudi Arabia.

The search inside the Saudi consulate which took place for the second time since Monday continued till the early morning hours on Thursday. The police used searchlights and examined the diplomatic number plates of cars, reports said.

Turkey had earlier alleged that Khashoggi, who was a well-known critic of the Saudi regime headed by Crown Prince Salman, was killed inside the consulate and his body dismembered.

Khashoggi had entered the consulate on October 2nd to submit documents seeking divorce from his wife living in Saudi Arabia in order to remarry again, his girlfriend at the time was waiting outside the compound but he never came out.

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump denied covering up for Saudi Arabia in the suspected murder of Khashoggi. I just want to find out what's happening," Trump said, adding,"we will probably know that by the end of the week."