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Over a dozen police officers and prosecutors, including forensic experts, entered the compound of Mohammed al-Otaibi on Wednesday, a day after he returned to Saudi Arabia.

They had searched the Saudi consulate for nine hours.

The Turkish leaks implicating Saudi officials in the Khashoggi case have followed a distinctive pattern, beginning quickly after his disappearance.

Turkish crime scene teams were seen leaving the consulate early on Thursday morning.

France's finance minister has canceled his attendance at an upcoming investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid doubts over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Forensic teams had already visited the consulate once this week, going there Monday to search for clues to what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the diplomatic outpost on October 2.

Turkish police had on Monday night carried out an eight-hour search at the consulate, taking away soil and DNA samples.

The secretary said he made a decision to withdraw his participation at the conference, dubbed "Davos in the Desert", after a meeting with US President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. The Saudi royal family initially insisted Khashoggi left the building not long thereafter.

"Sooner's better than later for everyone", Pompeo said. Khashoggi first began writing for the Post's opinion section in September 2017, and his columns criticized the prince and the direction of the Saudi kingdom.

He has not been seen since, and Turkish officials say they have evidence that he was killed and dismembered by Saudi agents.

The Saudi Embassy in Washington did not respond to requests for comment.

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said the U.S. has asked for the recording "if it exists".

"We have asked for it, if it exists.

We'll find out, we'll get down to the bottom of it", Trump said of the Saudi investigation.

The three posed for photos, but said nothing together in front of reporters. "'I am an independent journalist using his pen for the good of his country, ' he would say". "No one is going to defend activity of that nature".

US President Donald Trump denied on Wednesday he was giving "cover" to his main Middle East ally, but has said "we need to know all the facts" before deciding on any action.

But he began to fear for his safety previous year as Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman moved to consolidate power, arresting fellow princes and businessmen - including friends of Khashoggi. "In this sense, of course, the United States holds a certain responsibility over what happened to him", Putin said at a forum in the southern Russian city of Sochi.

Mnuchin had repeatedly said he planned to attend the Future Investment Initiative pending new information about the case, even as details reported in the Turkish and American press about the fate of the Washington Post columnist's fate have grown increasingly gory. "This is the last piece of his I will edit for The Post", she wrote. Turkish officials suspect he was killed there by a Saudi assassination team. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the investigation was ongoing. The US president has been after King Salman and OPEC to boost production to drive down high oil prices, caused in part by the coming re-imposition of oil sanctions on Iran.

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