Sanctions against Saudi would ‘rock the world’ says Saudi state owned press

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Khashoggi, a US resident, Washington Post columnist and leading critic of the powerful Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago to get marriage documents.

Turkish forensics team have conducted a sweep of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul trying to find any evidence into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whom Ankara believes was murdered at the diplomatic site. "It sounded to me like maybe these could have been rogue killers".

Penang-based Citizens International is also calling for the United Nations Security Council to impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia until those responsible for Khashoggi's kidnap and murder are prosecuted and punished.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, second from right, at the inauguration ceremony of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017.

Saudi Arabia is preparing a report that would admit Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed as the result of an interrogation that went wrong, CNN reported on Monday, citing two unnamed sources.

"It has been 13 days since the event, so surely proving some of the evidence might be hard, but we believe we will obtain evidence", the Turkish official said.

The Saudi ambassador to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, left Washington last week, returned to Riyadh and will not be returning, a current and a former USA official said Monday.

But late Monday evening-after Turkish authorities placed high iron barriers in front of the consulate-a motorcade of six cars drew up and Turkish police and prosecutors entered the premises. Proximity to the royal family went back generations - Khashoggi's grandfather served as personal physician to Saudi Arabia's founding king.

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Mr Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, vanished after entering the consulate to get marriage documents.

But on Oct 11, The Washington Post reported that the Turkish government told U.S. officials it had audio and video recordings to proof the journalist had been killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Lindsey O. Graham (S.C.) going so far as to refer to a "game-changer" in U.S. -Saudi relations.

He said the developments show that the United States "will definitely not be able to cut Iran's oil exports to zero" - the goal set by US officials - when sanctions targeting the oil sector go into effect on November 5.

Great Britain, France and Germany also vowed retaliation. "Those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi must be held to account". After shedding about 7 per cent on Sunday, the market rebounded at the end of trading the following day up 4.1 per cent.

Khashoggi, a familiar face on Arab talk shows, moved to Washington previous year fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed, who has cracked down on dissent with arrests.

"It should be a known fact that the Arabs never had a problem with antisemitism, but we need to state that over and over again", Khashoggi added, justifying the surprising Saudi presence at the event.

Business barons including British billionaire Richard Branson and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, as well as media powerhouses Bloomberg and CNN, have pulled out of the Future Investment Initiative (FII).

Trump spoke with King Salman of Saudi Arabia on Monday morning in a 20-minute phone call.