Saudi leadership ordered Khashoggi's murder, Turkey says

Lawrence Kim
October 11, 2018

President Donald Trump said Thursday that U.S. investigators were working with both Ankara and Riyadh to probe the suspicious disappearance in Turkey of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia's denials that it had any role in Khashoggi's disappearance have fallen on deaf ears in Congress, with almost a quarter of the Senate triggering a USA investigation into the case.

"We can't let it happen".

On Wednesday, a week after Khashoggi's October 2 disappearance, the White House said that senior officials had spoken to the crown prince, referred to in shorthand as MbS, and Trump described the case as a "very serious situation".

The Post reported intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan offer evidence that implicate the regime in Khashoggi's disappearance last week after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

"We are very very disturbed" by Khashoggi's disappearance", said Code Pink founder Meda Benjamin.

Turkish media has published images of an alleged 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance a week ago. In recent days, I've witnessed the work of the Turkish authorities as they monitor the situation closely.

Trump said nobody knows exactly what happened and expressed hope that Khashoggi is not dead.

Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade noted Jared Kushner is "very tight" with Saudi crown prince Mohammed Bin Salman, before asking: "What's it going to take to get some answers?"

Riyadh has dismissed the allegations as "baseless", saying Mr Khashoggi left the consulate alive shortly after he arrived. Whatever took place, Corker said, "there was Saudi involvement" and "everything points to them".

The letter demands that the White House "determine whether a foreign person is responsible for the extrajudicial killing, torture or gross violation of internationally recognized human rights".

There was a detailed plan to entice Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, according to the Post, which cites intelligence documents outlined by US officials.

His fiancée, waiting outside, said he never emerged and Turkish sources said they believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, was killed inside the mission.

The Washington Post reported that United States intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi plans to kidnap Khashoggi, a critic of the kingdom and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who fled into exile previous year.

More than a week has passed since our last meeting outside the consulate of Saudi Arabia, before Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance became global news.

The journalist was known as a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's increasingly authoritarian posture toward dissent in the Kingdom. The footage shows Khashoggi entering the consulate on October 2. We have a country that's doing probably better economically than it's ever done before.

Bird has also called on the trustees of the Natural History Museum in London not to provide the museum as a venue for the Saudi Arabia annual national day celebration, organised by the Saudi embassy, and called for a protest outside the building. The Saudis planned to lure Khashoggi back to their country, per the source, who said it was not clear why they wanted to, according to the Post.

Britain is a close ally and trade partner of Saudi Arabia. The administration's Middle East agenda heavily depends on the Saudis, including efforts to counter Iranian influence in the region, fight extremism and build support for its yet-to-be-released plan for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

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