Published: Thu, October 11, 2018

Washington Post publishes possible last photo of missing Saudi journalist

Washington Post publishes possible last photo of missing Saudi journalist

A pro-government Turkish newspaper has published the names and photographs of 15 Saudi nationals who allegedly arrived in Istanbul on board two private jets the day journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing.

Khashoggi is seen in a surveillance photo published by the Washington Post entering the consulate where Turkish officials believe he was killed earlier this month.

Turkey's foreign ministry said Saudi Arabia will allow Turkish investigators into its Istanbul consulate to probe the disappearance and alleged murder of Khashoggi.

Turkey has not issued any proof to back up its claims.

Crown Prince Mohammed's brother and the Saudi ambassador to the US, Khaled, has insisted all the reports about his disappearance or death "are completely false and baseless".

Sources in Turkey believe that Khashoggi was killed in a state-sponsored murder after entering the consulate. Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the building last week. "We informed him that we expect full coordination in the investigation process".

Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted, "I pray Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is alive".

He said Turkish authorities were looking into all camera records and monitoring incoming and outgoing airport transits, but added that Turkey would await the results of the prosecutor's investigation. And hopefully that will sort itself out.

Khashoggi, who fled Saudi Arabia a year ago to go into self-imposed exile in the United States, had always been critical of the Saudi regime. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest, where he is on an official visit.

Reuters news agency quoted a Turkish official in an interview with local NTV channel as saying: "Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador in Ankara again on Sunday".

Saudi Arabia on Sunday denied reports that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing earlier this week, was killed at the country's consulate in Istanbul, as reported by several global media.

Erdogan was informed of the conclusions Saturday, the Times reported, citing unnamed sources - and he has since dispatched officials to anonymously tell news outlets, including the Times.

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicized drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

Mr Khashoggi, who was living in self-imposed exile in the USA and working for the Washington Post before his disappearance, was a frequent critic of the kingdom's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom he described as a "brash and abrasive young innovator" who was "acting like Putin". Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the worldwide community. "I don't think I will be able to go home", he said, when asked whether he thought he could return to Saudi Arabia.

The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page that it did not dismiss the possibility that Khashoggi's sudden disappearance was an attempt to silence the writer.

"There's some pretty bad stories about it", Trump added. "For more than a year before his disappearance, Mr. Khashoggi was a resident of the United States, which gives the Trump administration a basis and an obligation to demand answers and relevant evidence from both Saudi Arabia and Turkey". He was also a vocal critic of the Saudi Arabian government and fact that Riyadh has taken a harsh approach to members of the press who criticize the country's leadership lends some credence to the allegations of murder or imprisonment.

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