Jamal Khashoggi may have recorded his torture, murder - Turkish paper Sabah

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The Europeans' statement comes after US President Donald Trump promised "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if it turned out Mr Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

TRT World sources deny Jamal Khashoggi's Apple Watch is part of the investigation into his disappearance after Turkish newspaper Sabah reported on Saturday the Saudi journalist may have recorded his own torture and murder at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

As global pressure is mounting on Saudi rulers by various governments and rights group over disappearance of a dissident journalist at the Saudi consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul, Trump's administration still seems to be following an undetermined policy toward Riyadh on this issue, prompting many analysts to believe that Washington prefers Saudi trade over the value of human life.

Turkish officials claim that they have the audio and video which indicate that Khashoggi was brutally killed inside the consulate.

The Saudi government has described the allegations as "baseless", but have offered no evidence that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate.

Trump's words led to a plunge of Saudi Arabia's stock market, in a possible foreshadowing of what could take place if countries take action against Riyadh in the form of sanctions.

"Something this big would definitely spook investors, and Saudi just opened up for foreign direct investment, so that was big", said Issam Kassabieh, a financial analyst at Dubai-based firm Menacorp Finance.

The journalist was once a Saudi government insider, but had gone into self-imposed exile in the USA a year ago.

Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on Oct 2.to retrieve documents for his forthcoming marriage.

Meanwhile, Turkey has said it will search the Saudi Consulate for evidence, but that has yet to happen.

The event is being hosted by the kingdom's Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman to promote his reform agenda.

Saudi Arabia hits back at Trump 'threats' of sanctions over missing journalist
Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday that he has a call in to his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz. Donald Trump Vows "Severe Punishment" if Saudis Behind Jamal Khashoggi Disappearance .

Following Riyadh's assertion it would retaliate against sanctions, Britain, France and Germany released a joint statement saying they were treating Khashoggi's disappearance "with the utmost seriousness".

A joint statement of condemnation, if it is confirmed that Mr Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, is also being discussed by United States and European diplomats.

But Trump, who has frequently boasted about his business ties with the kingdom, suggested during the interview that ending USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia would not be an option, saying, "I don't want to hurt jobs".

Asked whether bin Salman gave an order to kill Khashoggi, Trump said: "Well, nobody knows yet, but we'll probably be able to find out".

Turkish officials have not responded to questions from the AP about Khashoggi's Apple Watch.

The Saudi minister, in the first ministerial reaction to the accusations about Khashoggi´s killing, said he welcomed the cooperation between his country and Turkey to clarify the circumstances of the disappearance.

Pressed this week about the Khashoggi situation, Trump stopped short of criticizing or threatening Saudi Arabia.

"Saudi Arabia, I get along with all of them", Trump said at the time.

A woman who identified herself as Hatice A., the Turkish fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, walks outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul on October 3, 2018.

Those policies are all seen as initiatives of the crown prince, who has also presided over a roundup of activists and businessmen.

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