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Oct 10 2018

Apple watch, mystery vehicle emerge as latest clues in missing Saudi journo case - Reuters

A black Apple watch worn by missing Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and a vehicle that left the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi was last seen are the latest clues in the case of a journalist feared to have been killed in İstanbul, Reuters reported.

The Saudi journalist, who had been living in exile in Washington for more than a year and known for his criticism of his country’s crackdown on dissent, walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2 and never came out.

While Turkish officials believe the 59-year-old was killed inside the consulate, Saudi Arabia strongly denies the accusation.

The latest development in the case is the existence of an object that may provide important clues in the Khashoggi case, Reuters reported, pointing to a black Apple watch worn by the Saudi journalist when entering the consulate. Turkish officials have noted the watch was connected to a mobile phone he left outside.

Reuters noted that tech experts say an Apple Watch can provide data such as location and heart rate. It remains to be seen if investigators can find out information and whether the watch was connected to the internet.

In addition to the watch, investigations are focusing on 15 Saudi men who allegedly arrived hours prior to the journalist’s entrance to the building from Riyadh, most of them by private plane.

Turkish pro-government Sabah daily has reported the 15 mean as a ‘’Saudi intelligence team.’’

‘’Investigators are trying to trace a vehicle that left the Saudi consulate at the same time as two cars destined for the airport, one of the officials said. This vehicle didn’t turn toward the airport, but set off in the opposite direction,’’ Reuters said.

Khashoggi’s disappearance threatens to drive a wedge between Riyadh and Ankara while Saudi Arabia ally United States, too, has said it plans to speak with Saudi Arabian officials about Khashoggi’s disappearance.

U.S. Vice President Michael reiterated U.S. concerns on Wednesday, saying, “the free world deserves answers” about Khashoggi.