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Istanbul police interrogate Saudi Consulate staff

The Turkish president has fallen quiet since a conversation with the Saudi crown prince, though the team investigating the alleged murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was blocked from searching a well at the consul general's residence.
Turkish police officers stand guard at the entrance of a car park where a vehicle belonging to Saudi Arabia's consulate was found, in Istanbul, Turkey October 22, 2018. REUTERS/Huseyin Aldemir - RC1E7AA5AE00

There’s the tape, the Apple watch, the bone saw; the claims about the why, where and how Jamal Khashoggi was murdered have been looping for nearly a month now. Yet there is still no sign of the dissident Saudi journalist’s body, which was allegedly dismembered. And even as a Saudi prosecutor declared that Turkey had provided information that his murder was premeditated, he stopped short of confirming that this is what Saudi investigators had themselves concluded. There are few signs that the Saudi authorities are willing to fully cooperate with Ankara, or so Turkish officials say.

Today, Turkish officials leaked claims that a forensic team had not been permitted to search a well in the departed Saudi consul general’s garden, part of an effort to locate Khashoggi’s corpse. They were allowed, however, to draw a water sample.

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