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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 'killed inside consulate'

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 'killed inside consulate' Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 'killed inside consulate'
Melinda Barton | 11 October, 2018, 14:41

It remained unclear when the search would take place.

He went to the consulate on 2 October to obtain paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who was reportedly waiting outside the building for him.

Sources in Turkey believe that Khashoggi was killed in a state-sponsored murder after entering the consulate. Saudi officials insisted he left the building through another exit, but have not provided public evidence to prove it.

However, Saudi Arabia has offered no evidence to support its contention that the writer left the consulate unharmed and vanished into Istanbul while his fiancée waited impatiently outside.

The footage all seemed to come from surveillance cameras, which would have been posted throughout the district housing the Saudi consulate and other diplomatic missions. She said the writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger". "They have all of them". Why don't you prove it? "You need to prove it".

Mr Khashoggi, who was living in self-imposed exile in the United States 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".

"We are aware of and concerned by these reports".

"See, when I hear about an arrest of my friend who did nothing that worth to be arrested make me feel that I should not go home". "Hopefully that will sort itself out".

"Right now nobody knows anything about it".

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), for one, was at least calling for an explanation from the Saudis on Tuesday, which Trump had failed to do.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Saudi Arabia to support a thorough, transparent investigation.

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.

Saudi Arabia has always been a pillar of USA policy in the Middle East, and while the relationship was rocky during President Obama's tenure, Trump has embraced Riyadh. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said in a string of tweets Monday that "if there is any truth to the allegations of wrongdoing by the Saudi government it would be devastating to the US-Saudi relationship and there will be a heavy price to be paid - economically and otherwise".

Protector of journalists? Turkey is in the unusual position of protesting the treatment of a foreign journalist on their soil - after having spent the last two years jailing journalists and shuttering independent media.

But now the Daily Mail reports it's been told by a source close to the Saudi royal family Mr Khashoggi was taken from the consulate in a black Mercedes S-500 and a white minivan with four Saudi officials to Istanbul airport.

"I don't know how I can keep living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey", Cengiz wrote.

With every day, leaks from the Turkish investigation are drip-fed to the media here - and hope that Jamal Khashoggi might still be alive fades further.

According to the comments emailed from the Saudi embassy in Washington DC "Jamal has many friends in the Kingdom", including Ambassador bin Salman.

Turkey summoned the Saudi ambassador on Sunday to request the kingdom's "full cooperation" in the investigation, a Turkish Foreign Ministry official said. "Jamal is a Saudi citizen whose safety and security is a top priority for the Kingdom". The Post said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with them. The fact that Khashoggi is a columnist for the Washington Post, which Trump consistently attacks, may have made it even less likely that Trump would make it clear he was concerned about the disappearance.