Will the body of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi ever be found?

Cheryl Sanders
November 3, 2018

The fiancee of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi called Friday for President Donald Trump to back Turkey's efforts to investigate his death and recover his body.

Hours before the memorial, Cengiz wrote about Khashoggi in an opinion piece for The Washington Post, saying, "As we witness the global outrage at his killing, the perpetrators should know that they can never erase his vision for his beloved country".

"I would like him to support Turkey's efforts in trying to bring light to this situation and to discover the whereabouts of his body", said Cengiz, who was waiting outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 when the journalist went inside to obtain paperwork for their planned marriage, never to re-emerge.

Meanwhile, in the latest development in the month-long investigation into the journalist's death, an advisor to the Turkish President said the body was cut up so it would dissolve easier.

A delegation of conservative evangelical Christian leaders from the United States met Thursday (Nov. 1) with Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, who is under fire after the death of a journalist in his country's consulate in Istanbul.

"We also noted that Saudi Arabia must extradite all 18 suspects to Turkey so that they can be held accountable for what they did", a senior Turkish official told CNN on Wednesday. While Saudi authorities have admitted that the journalist's murder was premeditated, the body has yet to be found.

Speaking to the Washington Post on Friday and he called for the "puppetmasters" to be unmasked.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it could be several weeks before the US responds to the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

The murder has shocked the world and dealt a serious blow to Saudi Arabia's image.

"Contrary to claims made by the Saudi Crown Prince and others, Saudi Arabia hasn't been "reforming", it's been rounding up critics and activists in a brutal human rights crackdown", Allen added.

"We also know that those individuals came to carry out their orders: Kill Khashoggi and leave".

"Likewise, the refusal of the Saudi public prosecutor - who recently visited his counterpart in Istanbul - to cooperate with the investigation and answer even simple questions is very frustrating".

Today, a full month after Jamal Khashoggi was apparently killed and dismembered in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Netanyahu finally commented publicly on the Khashoggi killing. Of all nations, the United States should be leading the way. Khashoggi, once close to the Saudi royal family, moved to the Washington, D.C. area in recent years. "His invitation for Turkish investigators to Saudi Arabia for more talks about the case felt like a desperate and deliberate stalling tactic".

Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside.

If the democracies of the world do not take genuine steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of this brazen, callous act ... what moral authority are they left with?

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