Saudi Arabia faces ‘serious consequences’ if Khashoggi claims true: UK

Carla Harmon
October 11, 2018

Embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations. "Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems?"

But three US law enforcement sources said that because Khashoggi is not an American citizen and disappeared outside the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has no automatic jurisdiction to get involved in the case and could only become involved if requested by a foreign government such as Turkey.

Ankara wants to cooperate with Riyadh but Saudis must reciprocate, he said at a press briefing in Baghdad.

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

The Washington Post, citing U.S. intelligence intercepts, reported that Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to trap Khashoggi.

During an interview on Fox News Wednesday night, Trump said he wanted to find out what happened to Khashoggi but balked when asked if he would support blocking further arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as some senators have suggested. Bob Corker of Tennessee that they "only livestream their tapes". Local media described the Saudis being military and intelligence officers, as well as several "royal guards".

Trump expressed reservations about withholding arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

"I think that would be hurting us", Mr Trump said.

President Donald Trump said Wednesday the "demanding" answers from Saudi Arabia about the disappearance of a well-known Saudi writer and government critic Turkish authorities say was slain inside his country's diplomatic mission in Istanbul. CCTV footage shows him entering the consulate but never leaving it.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of what it referred to as an "assassination squad" apparently taken at passport control.

The Saudis hoped to "lure" Khashoggi to Saudi Arabia "and lay hands on him there", the source told the Post. It said they checked into two hotels in Istanbul on October 2 and left later that day. They haven't searched the consulate yet, as they have promised to do.

RSF is calling for an independent worldwide investigation to determine his fate.

Saudi officials have denied Kashoggi was killed within the consulate and say he left shortly after arriving to retrieve a document related to his upcoming wedding. The two countries are also at odds over Iran's role in the region and the Muslim Brotherhood, both of which Saudi Arabia views as threats.

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

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 cooperation in the probe.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, has not been heard from his fiance nor coworkers after his disappearance on October 2.

According to one friend, Khashoggi told him "I don't trust them one bit" after a conversation with one such official. "We are extremely anxious", he said. "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'".

Kaye spoke to The Associated Press moments after he and two colleagues called for an global, independent investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Politicians in the US, Riyadh's main ally, have warned that any harm done to the Washington Post contributor will jeopardise America's relations with the world's largest oil exporter.

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