Turkish paper names 15 Saudis in Khashoggi case

Tabitha Dunn
October 11, 2018

The kingdom dismisses the allegation as "baseless".

Turkish officials say they fear Saudi Arabia killed and dismembered Khashoggi, without offering evidence explaining why they believe that.

A detailed Washington Post report cites flight data and security camera footage surrounding the incident.

Miss Cengiz said Mr Khashoggi had visited the consulate on September 28 despite some concern that he could be in danger.

USA intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance.

The Post, citing anonymous USA officials familiar with the intelligence, said Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia, where he lived most recently, to Saudi Arabia and then detain him. Bob Corker and Lindsey Graham and Democratic Sens.

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's show that the United States would send Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to the consulate to investigate if the Saudis requested it.

Trump declined to say whom he talked with in the Saudi government.

The Trump administration, from the president on down, is heavily invested in the Saudi relationship.

Earlier Thursday on "Fox & Friends", President Trump said USA investigators are working with Turkish authorities and the Saudis to find Khashoggi. These leaks, largely matching across Turkey's state-run media and private Erdogan-linked outlets, likely come from the country's security services as another means to pressure the kingdom over Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance.

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Corker described his talks with Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., as "not a great conversation", and asked to show him video footage of him leaving the consulate.

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Information continues to trickle out through Turkish media about the 15-man Saudi team previously described as an "assassination squad".

Khashoggi hasn't been seen or heard from since entering the consulate last week.

Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper and other media alleged Wednesday that the Saudi Consulate's 28 local staff were given leave on October 2 on grounds that a "diplomats' meeting" would be held there on that day.

Reporters Without Borders said in a statement that between 25 and 30 professional and non-professional journalists are now detained in Saudi Arabia.

With Turkish-Saudi ties already strained and its foreign policy plate too full for another crisis, Ankara appears wary of a diplomatic war with Riyadh, hoping instead that the Saudis will take the chance for an offramp.

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'He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there.

Erdogan said the kingdom has the responsibility to prove its claim that the missing Saudi journalist left the consulate alive.

Turkey's foreign ministry has said Saudi authorities would allow them to enter the consulate premises. I texted a few friends to inform them, and I asked about Jamal at the consular building.

"When I hear of the arrest of a friend who did nothing that (deserved being) arrested, it makes me feel I shouldn't go", he told the BBC.

Senator Rand Paul said he would push for a vote in the Senate this week blocking U.S. arms sales to Saudi Arabia. "We called a few other places, but they said, 'We have evidence he was killed in a barbaric way, we will announce it tomorrow or the day after'".

Turkish police investigating the case said in a statement Saturday that 15 Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and entered the consulate while Khashoggi was inside.

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