Jamal Khashoggi: Trump condemns Saudi writer's disappearance

Lamar Ellis
October 11, 2018

"The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul".

A man holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest Monday organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, speaking Thursday to reporters during a visit to Baghdad, said Turkey would share whatever information comes out of its investigation and called for Saudi co-operation in the probe. Investigators working with the Turkish authorities stated that a team of 15 people arrived at the consulate on the same day as Khashoggi arrived.

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, went missing one week ago after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The source said they were told Mr Khashoggi is still alive, contradicting the claims he was murdered in the Istanbul consulate.

"They must give a transparent explanation very quickly, otherwise the tide will quickly turn against them".

"It is like 'Pulp Fiction, '" the official commented.

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"We want to be in close co-operation with Saudi Arabia", he said.

The Arab21 news website reported that the author paid a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, but was told by officials at the time to return at a later date to complete an application related to a family matter.

Saudi officials have called claims that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate "baseless" but have yet to release any evidence that the writer left the building, despite repeated requests from Turkish officials. "It is not possible for us to remain silent regarding such an occurrence, because it is not a common occurrence", he said.

Turkish officials believe Khashoggi, a fierce critic of Riyadh's policies and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was likely murdered inside the mission where he had gone to obtain an official document for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish partner.

"Diplomats get absolute immunity from criminal prosecutions, so if an ambassador was involved in the murder, they can't be touched", Professor Saul said.

Saudi Arabia denies the suggestion.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", she said.

Demirören News Agency reported on October 9 that one of the planes was searched by Turkish authorities before leaving Turkey for Dubai.

After several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the United States, from where he wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post and continued to appear on Arab and Western TV channels.

But after several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the US. Meanwhile, Turkey's support of Islamists also has riled Gulf Arab nations, who view groups like the Muslim Brotherhood as a threat.

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