What Jamal Khashoggi wrote in his last column before disappearance?

24 October, 2018, 13:32 | Author: Myra Gill
  • A Turkish forensic officer arrives at the Saudi consulate to conduct a new search over the disappearance and alleged slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul early Thursday Oct. 18 2018. Pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak on Wednesday said

Mr Mnuchin made the announcement on his Twitter account, saying the decision was made after a White House meeting with President Donald Trump and U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

But the story does not acknowledge that Trump has promised "severe consequences" if it is found Saudi intelligence agents killed Khashoggi in the embassy, as the government of Turkey has charged.

And a senior USA official said Pompeo had warned the Saudi crown prince that his credibility as a future leader was at stake, reflecting the administration's concern about how the case could affect relations.

This comes in the midst of the worldwide outcry over the disappearance and probable murder of Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi regime, Jamal Khashoggi, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Turkish reports say Khashoggi was brutally murdered and dismembered inside the consulate by members of an assassination squad with alleged ties to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate employees are giving testimony at the Turkish prosecutor's office, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Both the Turkish and Saudi governments are conducting separate investigations into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Citing an anonymous senior Turkish official, ABC News reported on Thursday that Pompeo heard the alleged recording during meetings in Turkey and received a transcript of it.

Investigators are now searching a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul for possible remains of Khashoggi, according to the Associated Press, as well as the possibility that they were taken to another city, as investigators work on the premise that he was killed inside the consulate on 2 October. Turkish accounts have said Khashoggi was slain in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by a 15-member hit team sent by Riyadh.

In his comments to reporters, Pompeo said he also stressed the "longstanding strategic relationship" between the USA and Saudi Arabia.

Turkish police completed an overnight search of the consulate and consul's residence, where investigators were seen carrying away boxes of material. Saudi officials have denied the allegations as "baseless", but haven't provided evidence of the writer leaving the diplomatic mission alive.

The report further indicated that Saudi King Salman had ordered the formation of a ministerial committee, with Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman as its head, to restructure the intelligence agency. Leahy says one thing is already clear.

Suspects linked to the death of the journalist will be held accountable and brought to justice, Saudi Arabia's attorney general said. Some of the officials were transported in a tinted van to the home of the Saudi consul general, and all of them later left the country on planes departing for Cairo and Dubai.

Khashoggi lived in Turkey and was last seen entering the consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago.

The phone call on Friday came shortly before Riyadh confirmed Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, according to Saudi state media.

On Friday, Pakistan's foreign ministry said Prime Minister Imran Khan would travel to Saudi Arabia next week to attend the conference. He left Turkey on Tuesday.

"The king started asking aides and MbS about it. MbS had to tell him and asked him to intervene when Khashoggi's case became a global crisis", the source said.



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