Missing Saudi journalist's fiancee asks for Trump's help

Lamar Ellis
October 10, 2018

Since he has been a prominent Saudi dissident, many American politicians and defenders of press freedoms were concerned for his safety when he disappeared. There is no evidence he ever left. Tonight the New York Times reported that Turkish officials concluded he was assassinated in the consulate "on orders from the highest levels of the royal court".

But as more than a week has passed since he was last seen, the possibility that he is alive has dwindled.

In an op-ed published by the Post late Tuesday, Khashoggi's fiancée wrote that the October 2 visit to the Saudi consulate was Khashoggi's second in the space of a few days. One was an autopsy expert, presumably there to help dismember the body, the official said.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry reported on Tuesday that Saudi Arabia has granted a request to allow Turkish investigators into the Istanbul consulate.

"Saudi Arabia wasn't always this repressive".

Turkish authorities have claimed they have surveillance camera video of Khashoggi entering the consulate but never leaving. Saudi Arabia is also unhappy about Ankara's growing proximity to the kingdom's Shiite rival, Iran.

The U.S.is concerned about Khashoggi's whereabouts, Nauert said, and would like to see the Saudi government conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into what happened to him.

The BBC was criticised on social media for airing the recordings without Mr Khashoggi's consent and before there is any definitive proof of his death. That need for secrecy could also hamper any efforts to prosecute any Saudi agents involved.

Saudi officials insisted he left the building through another exit, but have not provided public evidence to prove it.

"But I will be at some point", he said Tuesday, without elaborating. Meanwhile, Turkey's support of Islamists also has riled Gulf Arab nations, who view groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat.

The two countries have such an obligation under both criminal law and global human rights law, she said.

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Khashoggi, 59, went missing last Tuesday while visiting the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.

European Union policy chief Federica Mogherini expressed support for Pompeo's statement on Tuesday and said the EU is "fully aligned with the US position on this".

Turkish authorities are to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Yes, this is of serious concern, the apparent enforced disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul", UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing.

Human rights activists hold pictures of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey Oct. 9, 2018. CNN has not been able to independently confirm these reports, and the Saudi government has denied them.

Both planes' final destination was the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

One jet, carrying nine people, allegedly landed in the early hours of October 2. One of them, the Mövenpick Hotel Istanbul, is a few minutes from the consulate by vehicle.

The jet left later that day, stopping in Dubai and then flying on to Riyadh. Footage emerged Tuesday showing Khashoggi entering the building the week before.

The suspects reportedly left the area with two cars whose license plates could be read by the police.

Two other vehicles, including a black Mercedes Vito van with darkened windows, went from the consulate to the consul's residence about 200 yards away.

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