Turkish daily names Saudis in Khashoggi case, raising pressure on Riyadh

15 October, 2018, 01:23 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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The consulate has other entrances and exits as well, and Saudi officials insist he left through one of them.

A key USA lawmaker, Senator Tim Kaine of Virginia, told VOA the unfolding drama could significantly affect us relations with Saudi Arabia, long an American ally in the Middle East.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said national security adviser John Bolton and presidential senior adviser Jared Kushner spoke Tuesday to Crown Prince Mohammed about Khashoggi.

President Trump said Wednesday that he has spoken to the Saudi government "at the highest levels" about the situation.

The pro-government Sabah newspaper also revealed the identities of what it alleged was an "assassination squad" involved in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance. Among them was a forensics expert, it says.

Saudi authorities have yet to give a clear explanation about Khashoggi's fate, while several countries - particularly Turkey, the United States and the United Kingdom - have expressed their desire that the matter should be elucidated as soon as possible.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and U.S. permanent resident whose writings have been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has been missing since entering the country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Middle East Eye reported one of the suspects was head of the forensic department in Saudi General Security.

Trump will be required to give a report to Congress within 120 days.

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Trump said he didn't know what happened to Jamal Khashoggi and expressed hope the 59-year-old writer, who went missing a week ago, was still alive.

Turkish investigators are examining CCTV footage showing the moment he entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents ahead of his marriage to his Turkish fiance Hatice Cengiz.

"We are anxious about this case", al-Otaibi said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also said US officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts.

"The Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association. Khsashoggi was a prominent critic of the Saudi regime. US State Secretary Mike Pompeo called Mnday on Riyadh to support a thorough investigation into the disappearance of the journalist.

"We called a few other places, these are lower officials, but they said: "We have evidence he was killed in a barbaric way, we will announce it tomorrow or the day after". US intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture Khashoggi before he vanished, according to the Post, which cited two people familiar with the information.

Meanwhile, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), has called upon the government to expel Saudi Arabian diplomats in light of Khashoggi's disappearance. Friends of Khashoggi say Turkish police have taken possession of footage from the neighborhood as part of their investigation.

Further reports said that a group of 15 Saudis entered the consulate on the same day as Khashoggi and soon left the country, and that Khashoggi had been dismembered and smuggled out of Turkey in small boxes.



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