Monday, 22 October, 2018

Turkey believes missing Saudi journalist was murdered at Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Jamal Khashoggi's fianc Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice waited outside the Saudi consulate on Wednesday
Glenn Montgomery | 12 October, 2018, 00:47

Ankara sought permission to search the building on Sunday after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time, Turkish television reported this week. Saudi authorities have called the allegation "baseless".

Turkish officials told Reuters at the weekend they believed he had been killed inside the Saudi consulate.

A week ago, Jamal Khashoggi went inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get a document needed to get married. Turkish officials have said he was killed inside the Saudi consulate.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi, 59, a critic of the Saudi leadership and a contributor to The Washington Post's Global Opinions section, was killed by a team of 15 Saudis flown in specifically to carry out the attack.

The Post, citing anonymous USA officials familiar with the intelligence, said Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, has said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate blocking USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Sen. Is it possible that there was no Saudi camera system where this incident took place?

A surveillance video image surfaced Tuesday showing Khashoggi walking into the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighbourhood.

Further reports said that a group of 15 Saudis entered the consulate on the same day as Khashoggi and soon left the country, and that Khashoggi had been dismembered and smuggled out of Turkey in small boxes. Trump says: "It would be a very sad thing and we will probably know in the very short future".

Leman Yurtsever, a protest organiser and board member of the Human Rights Association in Turkey, said on Tuesday that they gathered by the diplomatic mission to defend the rights and safety of journalists.

Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards, but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

Turkish prosecutors have launched a probe into the whereabouts of the Saudi journalist. "We want to find out what happened", Trump told the morning news program Fox & Friends. As a columnist for the Post, Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime.

On Thursday, President Trump told reporters that the White House is looking "very strongly" at Khashoggi's disappearance.

Amid more reports emerging on the curious case of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, fingers were pointed toward the executives of huge USA companies that are becoming more close to Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) in business ties.

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi crown prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally.

Turkey can not remain silent over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper on Thursday, adding Turkey is investigating all aspects of the case.

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