NY Times: Turkey Claims Saudis Killed, Chopped Up Journalist

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2018

"We have seen conflicting reports on the safety and whereabouts of prominent Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi".

Khashoggi, a progressive journalist who left Saudi Arabia past year, is feared dead by Turkish authorities, who claim he never left the consulate after going in last Tuesday on an administrative errand.

On the eve of Khashoggi's planned marriage to a Turkish woman, he entered the consulate on October 2 and has not been seen since.

The Saudi writer spent a year ago in the U.S.in self-imposed exile, after he fled the kingdom amid a crackdown on intellectuals and activists who criticized the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudis need to provide evidence to support their claim that he left the consulate.

"Hopefully that will sort itself out", he added.

Saudi authorities continue to insist they played no role in Khashoggi's disappearance.

The search will take place as part of the official investigation, which was being conducted "in an intense manner", he said without giving any date.

Saudi Arabia's ambassador to the US, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, said claims Khashoggi had been killed or detained by Saudi authorities were 'absolutely false, and baseless, ' according to a statement provided to CNN. "But if this deeply disturbing news report is confirmed, the United States & the civilized world must respond strongly, and I will review all options in Senate".

The Foreign Office would face charges of hypocrisy if, after its outrage over the attempted assassination by Russian Federation of the former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, it remained silent over an alleged murder by the Saudi government.

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi, a Saudi exile who has written columns about the kingdom for the Washington Post, was murdered after arriving at his nation's consulate in the country's capital.

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The rights group Prisoners of Conscience, which is an independent non-governmental organization advocating human rights in Saudi Arabia, announced in a post on its official Twitter page that it did not dismiss the possibility that Khashoggi's sudden disappearance was an attempt to silence the writer.

Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that an examination will be carried out in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and that Saudi authorities were open to cooperation.

On Monday Turkey asked for permission to search Saudi Arabia's consulate for Khashoggi.

Trump said Monday that he was "concerned" about reports of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, said that Turkish officials said the journalist has been brutally murdered.

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

Trump, speaking at the White House, said he did not know details about Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the United States, but on Monday senior USA officials expressed alarm over Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi is just the kind of Saudi from whom MBS needs to hear.

Erdogan was informed of the conclusions Saturday, the Times reported, citing unnamed sources - and he has since dispatched officials to anonymously tell news outlets, including the Times.

Turkish security forces searched a private Saudi plane on the day that journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared, but did not find any trace of him, the Turkish Anadolu agency reported on Tuesday.

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