Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist Khashoggi

Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist Khashoggi

Instead of pursuing these angles, the mainstream US media is focussing on the minute details of Khashoggi's disappearance inside a Saudi consulate in Turkey, and giving too much space to unbelievable Saudi denials.

Turkish officials have suggested Khashoggi was murdered.

"It's clear he did not exit", said one Turkish official with knowledge of the investigation, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation. "And that happened", the crown prince told Bloomberg on Friday in a wide-ranging interview.

Mr Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to collect divorce papers relating to his previous marriage, leaving his fiancee with his Saudi phone on the street outside.

She expresses confidence in the Turkish government officials investigating and adds, "At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".

A long-time critic of the Saudi government, Paul said he hoped Trump would reconsider his friendly policy towards Saudi Arabia "if there's any evidence they killed this journalist".

According to the Times account, 15 Saudi agents had arrived on two charter flights last Tuesday, the day Khashoggi disappeared.

The Turkish ministry didn't say when the premises would be searched, prompting some experts to question the usefulness of the process.

The agreement came after Turkey's strongman leader Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that the Saudis prove that Khashoggi left the consulate alive.

The Foreign Office would face charges of hypocrisy if, after its outrage over the attempted assassination by Russian Federation of the former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, it remained silent over an alleged murder by the Saudi government. Khashoggi also is a Washington Post contributor.

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He had been living since a year ago in the United States, in a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman.

American Senator Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said on Tuesday "everything today points to" Khashoggi's murder last week inside the Saudi consulate.

Bruce Riedel, a former C.I.A. analyst who advised four presidents and is now at the Brookings Institution, called Khashoggi's disappearance consistent with the pattern of "crude intimidation" and the growing silencing of dissent in Saudi Arabia.

Earlier Tuesday morning, Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman, Hami Aksoy, said the Saudis had confirmed they were "open to cooperation" and would allow the consulate building to be searched.

Late last week, the Washington Post ran blank space where a column by dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote for its Global Opinions section, should have appeared.

It's been nearly a week since a prominent Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The Arab21 news website reported that the author paid a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week, but was told by officials at the time to return at a later date to complete an application related to a family matter.

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".

"Yes, this is of serious concern, the apparent enforced disappearance of Mr. Khashoggi from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul", UN human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing.

Khashoggi is just the kind of Saudi from whom MBS needs to hear.

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