Kushner Calls Saudi Prince On Fate Of Jamal Khashoggi

Elias Hubbard
October 11, 2018

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who had been critical of his country's ruler, went missing after entering the Saudi consulate to retrieve personal paperwork on 2 October.

Turkish officials have said they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and his body removed.

The Post, a newspaper to which Khashoggi contributed, cited unnamed USA officials as saying that Saudi officials had been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the U.S. state of Virginia, where he resided, and detain him. "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".

'He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in the United States since previous year fearing possible arrest.

He fled Saudi Arabia in 2017 and has been living in Washington over concerns about the Saudi government's crackdown on dissenting voices, particularly intellectuals and journalists. Saudi Arabia has sent its own security team to work with Turkish counterparts and intends to "chase every lead to uncover the truth behind his disappearance", he said. Saudi Arabia denies knowing anything about his fate, saying that he left the building.

Khashoggi disappeared when he was at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to obtain official papers. The move appears aimed at prompting a more active response from an administration that has been restrained in its reaction to Khashoggi's disappearance. There is no footage of Khashoggi leaving the consulate, where his Turkish fiancee was waiting for him. This is the way the most brutal, heinous regimes in the world behave....

Vice President Mike Pence, asked if Washington might dispatch Federal Bureau of Investigation technicians if Saudi Arabia requested it, said, "I think the United States of America stands ready to assist in any way".

The Global Magnitsky Act requires a report within 120 days of the letter with a decision on the imposition of sanctions on anyone deemed responsible for a serious rights violation such as torture, prolonged detention without trial or extrajudicial killing of someone exercising freedom of expression.

Other members included alleged Saudi intelligence officers and special forces troops, Turkish media said. "I very much doubt we could pass another one", Corker said.

The revelation comes amid a claim that the Saudi team that flew to Turkey brought with it a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi.

Saudi whistle-blower Mujtahid, who is believed to be a member of or have a well-connected source in the royal family, underlined that Turkey's investigations into the death of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi would suffice to prove the Al-Saud's crimes and overthrow Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"If they're this brazen it shows contempt, contempt for everything we stand for, contempt for the relationship". "Jared Kushner is so close to MBS. We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anyone". Politicians in the United States, Riyadh's main ally, have warned that any harm done to the Washington Post contributor will jeopardize America's relations with the world's largest oil exporter.

Alex Henderson is a news writer at AlterNet and veteran political journalist.

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