Turkish police believe journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Clay Curtis
October 9, 2018

Khashoggi had relocated to the U.S. on October 2, 2017, fearing trouble (or even harm) from Saudi authorities - at the behest of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) - for having remained a strong voice of dissent, always vociferous in castigating the Saudi government for its anti-people policies, severe Wahhabism, persecution of Houthis in Yemen, economic blockade of Qatar and myriad other problems.

"As the President has conveyed, the United States is concerned by his disappearance".

The Saudi government denies any involvement in his abduction or death.

"If he's in Saudi Arabia, I would know that". "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan said on a visit to Budapest.

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia past year, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

Two days before entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey, Jamal Khashoggi appeared at Middle East Monitor's conference on the legacy of the Oslo Accords in London.

The New York Times account says its sources report the Saudis "had arrived to silence Mr. Khashoggi, but that it was not clear if the plan had been to bring him back to Saudi Arabia alive, and something went wrong, or if the intention was to kill him there". Saudi officials have called the accusations "baseless".

Two senior administration officials said the administration has no verifiable information to confirm the Turkish government claims that Khashoggi was killed but that the USA is seeking answers about his whereabouts - and talking to senior levels of Saudi government.

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He visited the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documentation to finalize his divorce; his Turkish fiancée waited for him outside the building, and reported him missing after he didn't return.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that Saudi officials must prove that Khashoggi had indeed left the mission.

It's unclear which camera the footage came from or who operated it.

Turkish officials told the The Washington Post and Reuters on Saturday that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

Over the past year Khashoggi used his platform as a Washington Post columnist to criticize the policies of Saudi Arabia's powerful young crown prince, from the war in Yemen to the arrest of women's rights advocates. President Erdoğan of Turkey has left no stone unturned to expose Saudi Arabia for the "murder most foul" to assert Turkey's supremacy in the region. "Jamal is a Saudi citizen whose safety and security is a top priority for the Kingdom".

The Turkish government is looking into Khashoggi's disappearance. The Post, which first published the photo, said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with them, without elaborating.

Even President Donald Trump, who took his first overseas trip as United States president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said he had concerns. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar a year ago in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

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