Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Journalist Critic's Detention — WashPost

Saudi Crown Prince Ordered Journalist Critic's Detention — WashPost

The case surrounding the missing Washington Post columnist who disappeared after entering a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, raised more concerns in the U.S. after mounting evidence suggested he was murdered during the visit. Turkey fears he was killed by the Saudis who say the allegations are baseless.

Jamal Khashoggi is featured on a poster during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey. Khashoggi supported efforts to nudge the entrenched ultraconservative clerics to accept reforms in the kingdom.

The move from Congress ratchets up pressure on Saudi Arabia to explain what happened to Khashoggi, a United States resident and critic of the kingdom who disappeared after entering the country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2. It was not clear whether the Saudis meant to arrest and interrogate Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the United States warned Khashoggi that he was a target, this person said. "Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems?"

Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Turkey would release information about what happened with Khashoggi after an investigation.

Mr Trump said he had spoken with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation", but he did not disclose details of his conversations.

Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation on the fate of Khashoggi as several countries - particularly Turkey, the USA and the United Kingdom - press for clarification. Bob Corker and ranking member Sen.

Turkish authorities have said he was killed by an elite Saudi "hit squad". Saudi Arabia denies this. Corker said "everything points to them". Media also reported the possibility Mr Khashoggi was taken aboard one of the private planes.

Another man on the list, Salah Muhammed al-Tubaigy, is reported to be a lieutenant-colonel and head of the Saudi Scientific Council of Forensics.

Interested in Donald Trump? He also said the USA was working "very closely" with Turkey, "and I think we'll get to the bottom of it".

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.

News of his disappearance broke out after Khashoggi's Turkish fiancée, who was waiting outside the diplomatic building, called the police. The journalist was planning to remarry, and he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain a document showing that he was legally divorced from his ex-wife.


Asked about the invitation, Cengiz told Turkish state broadcaster TRT on Thursday: "I am not thinking anything on this subject at the moment".

Lowy Institute research fellow Rodger Shanahan said while it was possible Mr Khashoggi had died accidentally during an interrogation or an attempted abduction, Saudi Arabia's thinking "beggars belief".

Miss Cengiz, who lives in Istanbul, said she believed she was the woman seen in CCTV footage taken outside the consulate.

Saudi Arabia is a major investor in Turkey, despite Ankara's support for the Gulf nation of Qatar, which is under a blockade led by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations.

The Magnitsky Act gives the Trump administration 120 days to respond to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a decision on potential sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations.

'He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there.

Turkish investigators are looking into two Saudi Gulfstream jets that landed at the airport on 2 October.

While the reports provide nothing definitive, they darken the picture surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance. Yet no search had begun as of 6 p.m., and Turkish officials told a pro-government daily that the Saudi side had requested a postponement.

"We are extremely anxious", he said. They have provided no evidence of his departure.

Turkish officials have concluded, whatever the intent of the operation, Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

Supporters held rallies outside the consulate during the week. Press freedom groups called on Salman to ensure Khashoggi's safety.

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