Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

The mysterious case of the missing Saudi journalist

The mysterious case of the missing Saudi journalist

The Post, citing anonymous US officials familiar with the intelligence, said Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia, where he lived most recently, to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.

Earlier, House Speaker Paul Ryan is calling the disappearance of Khashoggi "very disturbing" and says the United States needs "clear facts" on the situation.

The country's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman previously said Turkish authorities were welcome to conduct a search and his country had nothing to hide.

"We are anxious about this case". "Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems?"

The request was made after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time over the disappearance of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, NTV broadcaster said.

Turkish officials have been drip-feeding details in the astonishing case of his alleged Saudi state-sponsored abduction and murder, but have yet to fulfil promises to release evidence relating to a black auto that left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on the same day Khashoggi vanished last week. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", said the official. Turkish police say there are no signs of him going out of the building, while Riyadh claims he left the same day. Flight records reportedly show the group flew into Istanbul on two private flights Tuesday, and the delegation was at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi.

There was no immediate comment on the report from the Saudi authorities. As a precaution, he told Cengiz that she should contact an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he did not return.

Relations between the two countries are already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar a year ago in a show of support after its Gulf neighbours, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.

David Kaye, a United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of expression, said the disappearance of Saudi government critic Jamal Khashoggi "puts basically the Turks in the position of having both to maintain a diplomatic relationship and to deal with a real important, high-profile investigation".

But the ultra-conservative kingdom, which ranks 169th out of 180 on RSF's World Press Freedom Index, has been strongly criticised over its intolerance of dissent with dozens of people arrested including intellectuals and Islamic preachers.

"I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate", Cengiz wrote. Turkish officials have said they fear the columnist was killed at the premises.

His disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

A Sunni power, Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara's rapprochement with the kingdom's Shiite archrival, Iran.

President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist who has criticized the Saudi government.

Khashoggi was writing articles for the Washington Post.

Khashoggi is known to have been critical of Saudi domestic and foreign policies.

Anadolu Agency said Friday that the delegation would hold talks with Turkish officials over the weekend.

The U.N. human rights office said Khashoggi's disappearance is "of serious concern".

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