Calls made to Saudi prince's office the day Khashoggi was killed

Gladys Abbott
October 22, 2018

A member of the 15-man hit team responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi was captured on surveillance cameras dressed in his clothes in Istanbul on the day the journalist was killed, CNN reported on Monday.

Khashoggi, a USA resident, entered the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents that would clear the way for his impending marriage to fiancee Hatice Cengiz but never emerged.

Newspaper publishers and editors around the world are demanding Saudi Arabia provide immediate answers in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said on Saturday that he saw "no basis for decisions in favour of arms exports to Saudi Arabia". It is also in conflict with those by Turkish officials who claim they have video and audio proof that Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the Saudi government, was murdered by a 15-strong team who arrived and departed on the same day.

The officials say Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump agreed during their call late on Sunday that the journalist's case "should be brought to light in all aspects". The team that approached Khashoggi had been sent to negotiate, but "it went south", the official said, adding that "there was no order for a kidnapping".

A Saudi official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly, said the other fired intelligence officers were nearing retirement.

King Salman too called Khashoggi's son, Salah, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported on Monday. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) said Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", referring to the crown prince. Authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what prompted the decision to give her a security detail.

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A Saudi friend of Khashoggi who was in frequent touch with him before his death told the AP that Salah Khashoggi had been under a travel ban and barred from leaving the kingdom since a year ago as a result of his father's criticism of the government.

Saudi Arabia finally admitted Friday that its agents killed Khashoggi after he entered the consulate on October 2, but is denying that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman or King Salman were involved.

The source said dressing Madani up as Khashoggi and claiming he left the building was a plan hatched before Khashoggi's death, and shows that his killing was premeditated.

Altmaier told ZDF television that a joint EU position is needed "because only if all European countries agree, this will make an impression on the government in Riyadh". We feel their pain.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister denied on Sunday that the nation's powerful young crown prince ordered Jamal Khashoggi's killing, but the attempt to distance Mohammed bin Salman from the journalist's demise did little to blunt an worldwide uproar that could test Saudi Arabia's status as a regional power.

"Still, Trump has offered kind words for Mohammed bin Salman, and his father, King Salman, repeating their denials that they were involved in Khashoggi's killing". Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that the critic died there, though says his death was the result of a "fistfight".

Endeavor Content is considering withdrawing from a $400 million Saudi investment in the company, following the disappearance of Khashoggi.

That yet again adds to the pressure Saudi Arabia faces over the slaying of the Washington Post columnist.

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