Turkey asks to search Saudi consulate in missing journalist case

11 October, 2018, 22:54 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
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The Washington Post columnist and gadfly to the Saudi royal family disappeared a week ago after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul to settle some paperwork. "However, a dissident getting lost in a foreign mission is taking it one step further", he said.

Turkish officials made the accusation on Sunday.

In a letter sent Monday evening, the prince said it is "absolutely false, and baseless", to accuse the kingdom of killing or detaining Khashoggi, according to NBC news.

No evidence has been presented.

Ankara has provided no evidence that Mr Khashoggi was killed in the building.

The fiancée of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post is asking President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to "help shed light" on his disappearance. "If true, this is a tragic day", Pence wrote on Twitter.

When was he last seen?

In an op-ed published by the Post late Tuesday, Khashoggi's fiancée wrote that the October 2 visit to the Saudi consulate was Khashoggi's second in the space of a few days.

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate, allegations rejected by Saudi Arabia, which says he left the premises.

A Turkish official told the New York Times on the condition of anonymity that a team of Saudi agents killed the 59-year-old writer within two hours of his arrival at the consulate, and then dismembered his body with a bone saw they had brought for the objective. "Consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying 'he has left, '" Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest, where he is on an official visit. We know in the very near future. Riyadh's envoy in Ankara was first called to the ministry on Wednesday. He says that stepping back from arms sales to the Saudis "a very, very tough pill to swallow for our country".

The US has been under increased pressure to demand answers from Saudi Arabia, a longtime US ally in the Middle East, as to Khashoggi's disappearance.

Erdogan added in a news conference in Hungary, the country he is visiting, on Monday: "I have given my orders to the intelligence services, the Ministry of Justice, the prosecution and the police to take the necessary measures and gather information about Jamal Khashoggi and then reveal them".

"Turkey has experience with this kind of a "deep state" structure", he told Arab media, in comments he repeated in his column for Turkish pro-government newspaper, Yeni Safak, on Wednesday.

A bipartisan group of USA senators on Wednesday said they are forcing an investigation into Khashoggi, triggering a human rights probe that could result in sanctions against Saudi officials and entities. He's gone missing after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey. "And that happened", the crown prince told Bloomberg on Friday in a wide-ranging interview.

He proposed the Saudi people pave the ground for transferring power to Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, the Saudi King Salman's younger brother who is in exile in Britain, and form a new government based on the constitution.



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