Missing Saudi Journalist Killed Inside Istanbul Consulate: Turkish Police Sources

09 October, 2018, 14:43 | Author: Myra Gill
  • People hold posters of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Yasin Aktay, who advises Erdogan in his ruling AK Party, also told Reuters that Turkish authorities believed a group of 15 Saudi nationals were "most certainly involved" in the matter, and added that statements by Saudi officials on the absence of camera records were not honest.

CNN reported Sunday that the USA government is quietly working Khashoggi's case across several agencies and at senior levels of the administration. "And hopefully that will sort itself out".

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.

"As if the Saudi authorities were asleep and there was a odd silence at a time when the news of Khashoggi's disappearance was spread in the world", he noted.

Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia and was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. following a crackdown on intellectuals who criticized the rule of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, a USA ally in the region.

"I have raised Jamal's disappearance personally with the Saudi ambassador, and while we await more information, know we will respond accordingly to any state that targets journalists overseas", he wrote.

Jamal Khashoggi went to the consulate last Tuesday to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. Prince Mohammed has ties to Jared Kushner, the son-in-law to Trump, who visited Saudi Arabia on his first overseas trip.

It's been nearly a week since a prominent Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

"There is no country that kills opponents of its policy inside an official building in a foreign country", he said.


The New York Times account says its sources report the Saudis "had arrived to silence Mr. Khashoggi, but that it was not clear if the plan had been to bring him back to Saudi Arabia alive, and something went wrong, or if the intention was to kill him there".

Another report in the daily newspaper Sabah said investigators were also focused on a convoy of diplomatic vehicles that departed from the consulate on the day Khashoggi vanished. She and Turkish officials say he never emerged, even though Saudi Arabia insists he left the building. He left the country a year ago for the United States fearing retribution from the kingdom which has recently witnessed widespread crackdown on dissent.

"Jamal is a Saudi citizen whose safety and security is a top priority for the Kingdom, just as is the case with any other citizen".

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

The United States is seeking information, a State Department official said. "The free world deserves answers".

Turkey on Monday said it expects "full cooperation" from Saudi authorities to locate the missing journalist.

"I would like to confirm that.Jamal is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him", Al-Otaibi said in an interview at the consulate.

Among the protesters was Tawakkol Karman, the Yemeni journalist and 2011 Nobel Peace Prize victor.

"He disagreed with some of the policies of Mohammed bin Salman, but he was not a political dissident, he's not leading any organised network, he was a journalist - he wanted to write and to speak freely, and that was the reason he left Saudi Arabia". A Saudi-led coalition has been at war with Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi rebels since March 2015.

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