New Reports Add Detail To Disappearance Of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Angelo Anderson
October 10, 2018

According to the newspaper, 15 Saudis arrived in Istanbul aboard two planes on the same day Khashoggi disappeared in the consulate.

Saudi Arabia has called the allegations that it killed 59-year-old Khashoggi "baseless", but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show that he ever left the building.

The English-language state broadcaster TRT World reported that Turkish officials believe the Saudis may have taken the consulate's CCTV footage with them when they returned to Riyadh.

Writing Wednesday in the Post, Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz acknowledged the writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger". An hour and 54 minutes later, according to the time stamp, a black Mercedes Vito with diplomatic license plates, which resembled a van parked outside of the consulate when the writer walked in, drives some 2 kilometres to the consul's home, where it parks inside a garage.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who has written columns critical of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, went missing on October 2 after entering the consulate for paperwork needed to marry his Turkish fiancée.

The findings, of which Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was informed, may put additional pressure on the Saudi government which so far denied any involvement in the alleged killing or abduction of the journalist.

CCTV footage showed Khashoggi entering the consulate - but there is no public evidence that he either left or was kidnapped or killed.

Istanbul police experts were analyzing vehicles that entered and left the consulate, some of which were then seen on camera on October 2 at the consul-general's residence, 200 meters away, the report said.

An unnamed senior official told the New York Times there was a complex operation in which Mr Khashoggi was killed within two hours of arriving and then dismembered.

The footage aired Wednesday begins by showing the 3:28 a.m. arrival on October 2 of one of two private Gulfstream jets that Turkish media say were carrying the 15 Saudis, who allegedly flew into and out of Istanbul on the day Khashoggi went missing.

Turkey said Tuesday it would search the Saudi Consulate.


Khashoggi, who wrote critically for the Post about Prince Mohammed's rise to power, also sought to become a USA citizen, Cengiz wrote.

Jamal Khashoggi is one of the Arab world's most prominent journalists and commentators.

Security guards stand outside the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Khashoggi's fiance has asked US President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to "help shed light" on his disappearance.

She added: "Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what happened".

The report also said that the Saudis stayed at the Wyndham and Movenpick hotels in Istanbul, in the same neighborhood as the Saudi consulate.

Khashoggi had sought to become a USA citizen after living in self-imposed exile since a year ago, fearing repercussions for his criticism of the prince, Cengiz wrote.

Mr Trump, who took his first overseas trip as USA president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi.

On Tuesday Turkish foreign ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy revealed in a statement that Saudi authorities had said they "were open to cooperation and that a search can be conducted at the consulate building". It's unclear when such a search would take place.

"Although his opinions had angered certain people, he said, the tensions between himself and Saudi Arabia did not amount to hate, grudges or threats", his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, wrote in The Washington Post.

Such a search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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