Alleged Saudi hit squad linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

11 October, 2018, 09:25 | Author: Myra Gill
  • Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

In an off-the-record interview published by the BBC, Khashoggi said he didn't think he'd be able to go back to Saudi Arabia, but still called Mohammad bin Salman's reforms a time of "great transformation" in his country. He had been living in the USA state of Virginia.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince and de facto ruler ordered an operation targeting journalist and United States resident Jamal Khashoggi, who has been missing for more than a week, The Washington Post reported Wednesday citing USA intelligence intercepts.

A US intelligence source told the New York Times that USA intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi agents discussing a plot to either capture or kill Khashoggi.

The Trump administration must report to Congress within 120 days.

Aksam newspaper also published blurred photos of a jet arriving in Istanbul before dawn on October 2, carrying what it said were nine members of the Saudi team, as well as images of some of them checking in at a hotel.

Saudi Arabia insists that he left less than an hour after arriving at the consulate.

Global media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday called for an independent worldwide investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi - the Saudi journalist who has been missing since October 2 - saying his disappearance has come amid "a particularly harsh and opaque crackdown on Saudi journalists and bloggers". "Jamal Khashoggi is a Virginia resident, so his disappearance is personal to me".

"The Saudi journalist and commentator Turad Al Amri has been missing since November 2016".

The president said that he had talked to the Saudi leadership "more than once" since Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States, went missing last Tuesday after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.


U.S. intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance, a person familiar with the situation said in The Post.

It's not clear from the intercepted communications if the Saudis planned to abduct or kill Khashoggi and whether the USA had warned the Saudi journalist.

Khashoggi had fled his homeland in September past year and had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States, where he had applied for U.S. citizenship, Cengiz said. "And the reports that a Saudi Arabian journalist may have been tragically murdered in Turkey should be deeply concerning to everyone who cherishes a freedom of the press and human rights across the globe". Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sens.

"It seems that the details that Turkey will announce (in the near future about the fate of Khashoggi) are enough to put an end to the political career of Mohammed bin Salman". The free world deserves answers. "I've never heard of an embassy in my life that doesn't tape".

"And so to me it feels very much like some nefarious activity has occurred by them", Corker added, according to The Beast. "But I don't want to rush to judgment".

The journalist was known as a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's increasingly authoritarian posture toward dissent in the Kingdom.

Trump said he had talked "more than once" and "at the highest levels" to partners in Saudi Arabia, which is one of Washington's closest allies and a key market for the USA weapons industry.

Miss Cengiz said Mr Khashoggi had visited the consulate on September 28 despite some concern that he could be in danger. "We do not like seeing what's going on".

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