Man linked to Saudi Prince Salman at consulate when Jamal Khashoggi vanished

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Oct 18, 2018, 02.13 PM(IST)

Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman holds up a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Photograph:( AFP )

A man who reportedly travelled with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage to the United States walked into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul when Jamal Khashoggi vanished from there, according to a pro-government Turkish newspaper that published surveillance video images in connection with the incident. 

The Sabah newspaper's report the man was later seen outside the Saudi consul general's home, checking out of a Turkish hotel and leaving Turkey on October 2, the report added.

Images shot by the Houston Chronicle later distributed by The Associated Press show the same man was in Prince Mohammed's entourage when he visited a Houston subdivision in April to see rebuilding efforts after Hurricane Harvey.

According to AP, it couldn't verify the man's identity. The news agency said that Saudi Arabia did not respond to repeated requests for comment on the video. 

Meanwhile, America has asked Turkey for an audio recording in the suspected murder of Jamal Khashoggi, US President Donald Trump has said as he sought a full report from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the dissident Saudi journalist's mysterious disappearance.

Speaking to reporters at the White House, Trump said that he had asked Turkey for the audio that gives a clue of the alleged brutal killing of Khashoggi.

"We've asked for it if it exists," he was quoted as saying as per PTI.

The New York Times, citing the content of the audio made available through its Turkish sources, said the audio gave a detailed account of the alleged brutal murder of Khashoggi.

"I'm not sure yet that it exists. Probably does. Possibly does. I'll have a full report on that from Mike when he comes back," Trump said, referring to his meeting with Mike Pompeo on Thursday on his return from Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

"That's going to be the first question I ask him," he said.

On his way back from Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Pompeo refused to comment on the existence of the audio tape.