Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Video shows team accused in Khashoggi disappearance in Istanbul hotels, airport

Video shows team accused in Khashoggi disappearance in Istanbul hotels, airport

Earlier on Wednesday, several Turkish newspapers published the identities of 15 Saudi men who Turkish authorities believe were part of a hit squad which touched down in Istanbul the same day Khashoggi visited the consulate, departing later that day. Turkish officials fear the team killed Khashoggi, who wrote critically of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The report by the Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of the men apparently taken at passport control.

Kaye spoke to The Associated Press moments after he and two colleagues called for an global, independent investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Jamal Khashoggi, a well-known journalist and critic of the Saudi government, walked into the country's consulate in Istanbul last week to obtain some documents and has not been seen since.

The Saudi government maintains that they had nothing to do with Khashoggi's disappearance, and that the journalist left the consulate soon after he got there.

Turkish employees at the consul's residence were also "hastily" told to leave on the day he disappeared, according to Sabah.

Hatice Cengiz, Khashoggi's fiance, said the figure entering the consulate appears to be Khashoggi as he was dressed that day as she said goodbye and waited outside. They checked into two hotels in Istanbul, the paper said.

Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper and other media alleged Wednesday that the Saudi Consulate's 28 local staff were given leave on October 2 on grounds that a "diplomats' meeting" would be held there on that day.

Saudi Arabia to allow Turkey to search consulate for Jamal Khashoggi; State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports.

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Protesters hold posters of Khashoggi during a demonstration organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the consulate on Monday.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since past year fearing possible arrest.

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

One of the vans is reported to have taken some of the men from the consulate to the nearby residence of the Saudi consul about two hours after Mr Khashoggi's arrival.

He has been critical of some policies of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen. "We call for an independent worldwide investigation to determine as quickly as possible what has happened to Khashoggi". The video ends with shots of two private jets, saying that six men left at 5:40 p.m. and seven left at 9 p.m.

The Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there, this person said.

The Washington Post also reports that prior to Mr Khashoggi's visit, U.S. intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plot to capture him.

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

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".

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