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IMF chief 'horrified' by Khashoggi case, still plans Saudi trip

AFP  |  Nusa Dua 

IMF said Saturday she was "horrified" by reports about the fate of Saudi dissident Jamal but still plans to attend an economic meeting in this month.

As questions swirl over the fate of -- a Saudi who has not been seen since he walked into the kingdom's consulate in on October 2 -- some big business names and have pulled out of the Kingdom's second Future Investment Initiative.

But said her plans were unchanged for now, despite international uproar over the case.

"Human rights, freedom of information are essential rights and horrifying things have been reported and I am horrified," she told reporters in where the IMF is holding annual meetings.

"But I have to conduct the business of the IMF in all corners in the world and with many governments." "When I visit a country, I always speak my mind... So at this point of time my intention is to not change my plans and to be very attentive to the information that is coming out in the next few days."

Her comments came shortly after said he also still planned to attend the October 23-25 meeting, dubbed "in the Desert".

"The answer is for now I am" still going, Mnuchin said.

"If more information comes out over the next week, I will obviously take that into account." "Obviously I want to express concern for Mr and his family," he added.

"We look forward to getting results of this investigation."

on Saturday dismissed accusations that authorities there had ordered Khashoggi be murdered by a hit squad inside its consulate as "lies and baseless allegations".

But the row has intensified with reporting that Turkish officials have recordings made from inside the building that allegedly prove their claims Khashoggi was tortured and killed at the consulate.

Bloomberg, the Financial Times, The and have withdrawn as from the event amid questions about the missing man's fate.

The of ride-hailing app Uber, Dara Khosrowshahi, said that he will no longer be attending the event unless "a substantially different set of facts emerges".

British said he would suspend two directorships linked to tourism projects in over the issue.

demanded the Saudi authorities reveal what happened to Khashoggi as it said was "responsible at a minimum for enforced disappearance".

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First Published: Sat, October 13 2018. 12:00 IST