Disappearance of Saudi Journalist in Turkey Threatens to Upset Mideast Relations

Lester Mason
October 11, 2018

He studied at Indiana University before going on to report around the Middle East (interviewing Osama bin Laden several times) and becoming editor-in-chief of Saudi-backed Al-Arab News Channel and even an advisor to the royal family for a time.

The source said they were told Mr Khashoggi is still alive, contradicting the claims he was murdered in the Istanbul consulate.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed the US intelligence into what happened to Khashoggi, said "the likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate".

On his first global trip as president, Trump visited Saudi Arabia and announced $110 billion in proposed arms sales.

"I am following the (issue) and we will inform the world of the outcome" of the official probe, Erdogan told reporters in Ankara.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in his own statement said that "we have seen conflicting reports on the safety and whereabouts" of Khashoggi.

A man places a poster of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, on a barrier that blocks the road leading to the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, as people gather in his support, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. The consulate insists the writer left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials.

It shows purported Saudi intelligence officers entering and leaving Turkey via Istanbul airport. His fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, said she accompanied him on October 2 to the Saudi consulate to finalize documents for their wedding. On Tuesday of last week, October 2, he returned to the consulate. The video shows aircraft waiting on the tarmac.

He also said what happened to Khashoggi was a crime and those responsible for his disappearance must be tried, Al Jazeera said.

She raised the alarm four hours later, by which time the convoy is believed to have left the consulate. Rand Paul said he'd try to push through a Senate vote stalling USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Among them was a forensics expert, it says. They are also calling on Saudi and Turkish authorities to cooperate with one another to fully investigate this case.

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In this photo taken on December 15, 2014, general manager of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on durina a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama.

Khashoggi has been missing since Tuesday when he had an appointment at the Saudi consulate to get papers needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

So the Turks are giving the Saudis a little breathing room to put forward their argument, while releasing bits of incriminating information to tighten the screws.

Asked if Khashoggi faces charges in Saudi Arabia, Bin Salman said it was first important to discover where he was.

There are plenty of gruesome rumours flying around over what happened to Jamal Khashoggi.

In July, the United Nations human rights office called on Saudi Arabia to release all peaceful activists, including women held for campaigning against a ban on driving as it was being lifted. But this is not simply one side's word against the other.

He had been living since past year in the United States, in a self-imposed exile. As shocking as Khashoggi's case is, she said, her overriding concern is that Trump, with his frequent attacks on "the fake news media" in America, "sets the overall tone that the United States doesn't really value press freedom".

Trump added that he hadn't spoken to Saudi officials on the matter, but was planning to "at some point".

The US president, Donald Trump, a robust ally of Saudi Arabia, who had pledged to stay out of the country's domestic affairs, made his first reference to the case on Monday, telling reporters he was "concerned" about "some pretty bad stories" about Khashoggi's fate.


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