Jeremy Hunt warns Saudis over missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Cheryl Sanders
October 10, 2018

Cengiz wrote in the op-ed that Khashoggi had gone to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger".

A publication with close ties to Erdogan's government, the newspaper Sabah, reported Tuesday that unnamed officials had said the police were examining the possibility that Khashoggi had been abducted and not killed, possibly with the help of another country's intelligence officers.

President Trump has said he'll talk to Saudi Arabian officials about the missing journalist at some point.

Erdogan was informed of the conclusions Saturday, the Times reported, citing unnamed sources - and he has since dispatched officials to anonymously tell news outlets, including the Times. "I know what everybody else knows - nothing".

They had arrived from Riyadh, the Saudi capital, early that morning and checked in at two global hotels in Istanbul before driving to the consulate in the leafy Levent neighborhood, said two people with knowledge of the investigation.

Bin Salman said late on Friday that he was ready to allow Turkey to search the Saudi consulate in Istanbul for the missing journalist.

"If the Saudi regime murdered a journalist critic in their own consulate, there must be accountability and there must be an unequivocal condemnation by the United States", Sanders said in a foreign policy address at Johns Hopkins University in Washington.

"Now when this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not?"

Khashoggi, an Al Watan and Washington Post journalist known for his strong critiques of authorities in Saudi Arabia and ruling Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had fled his home country previous year to live in self-imposed exile in the United States.

Turkish officials allege he was murdered inside the consulate.

"If the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi is proved, I invite all walks of life in Saudi Arabia to cooperate in a legal measure and change the political system through civil disobedience", Farhan al-Saud wrote on his twitter page on Monday.

What's been the reaction to the disappearance?

United Nations experts have demanded a "prompt independent and worldwide investigation" into his disappearance.

Britain has apparently told the Saudis they need to show Mr Khashoggi is alive, and the best way to do that would be for him to appear on television.

Turkey has now identified the roles that most or all of them held in the Saudi government or security services.

The Saudi writer spent a year ago in the self-imposed exile, after he fled the kingdom amid a crackdown on intellectuals and activists who criticized the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

When was he last seen?


Top leaders of the ruling Saudi family deployed a 15-man hit squad to lay in wait for dissident writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, The New York Times said in an explosive story.

Vice President Mike Pence said he was "deeply troubled" about reports of Khashoggi's fate.

'Trying to stay calm, I immediately called Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and one of Jamal's oldest friends.

"If this is true - that the Saudis lured a U.S. resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia", he tweeted Sunday. The Saudi government has denied the allegation.

Khashoggi was one journalist who chose to "report the reality".

BBC Newshour interviewed the journalist just three days before his visit to the consulate, and in an off-air conversation asked if he would ever return to his home country.

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