Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says United Nations expert

10 October, 2018, 17:26 | Author: Dominic Spencer
  • Turkish paper publishes photos of Saudi journalist's 'assassination squad'

Surveillance footage aired by Turkish media on Wednesday purports to show a team of Saudis arriving in Istanbul the day Jamal Khashoggi went missing, a black van leaving the Saudi Consulate after he entered, and the team checking out and departing the country later that night.

Saudi authorities have said the journalist left the building after his visit and rejected Turkish police suggestions he might have been killed there.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of what it referred to as the "assassination squad" apparently taken at passport control.

A pro-government Turkish newspaper has published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi nationals who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on board two private jets the day journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing.

The kingdom did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

The security sources told TRT World that the "hit squad" took CCTV footage from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul with them when they left Turkey.

He first visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 28 September to obtain a document certifying that he had divorced his ex-wife, but he was told he would have to return. A video caption says seven other men checked in at another nearby hotel at different times.

Mr Khashoggi arranged to come back on 2 October and arrived at 13:14 local time for his appointment, which was scheduled for 13:30.

The Washington Post is reporting that before the journalist disappeared on October 2, Saudi officials discussed a plan to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia. According to the New York Times, officials in Istanbul believe he was killed on orders from the royal court of Saudi Arabia.


Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in the United States since previous year fearing possible arrest.

At 5:32 p.m., cameras show Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, outside the police barricades of the consulate, speaking into her cellphone.

Turkey has been granted permission to search the diplomatic post, a very rare move in response to growing pressure from the fellow regional power and Saudi allies across the globe including the UK and Donald Trump's United States. It has issued a blanket denial of the claims it killed Mr Khashoggi, calling them...

A string of reports on Tuesday added new, shocking details to the disappearance of journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, including accounts of Saudi agents wielding a bone saw and a plea from his fiancée that he be returned home.

The private jets flew out of Istanbul - with one going to Egypt and the other to Dubai.

The Washington Post also reports that prior to Mr Khashoggi's visit, USA intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plot to capture him.

Tuesday's statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry's spokesman, Hami Aksoy, said Saudi authorities had notified Ankara that they were "open to cooperation" and would allow the consulate building to be searched. "The Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association.

Politicians in the US, Riyadh's main ally, have warned that any harm done to the Washington Post contributor will jeopardise America's relations with the world's largest oil exporter.

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