President Trump promises "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is found - worldwide

Frederick Owens
October 14, 2018

Khashoggi has been a contributing writer for the Post.

The day Khashoggi went missing, security camera footage was taken from the Saudi consulate and Turkish staffers were sent home for the day.

"The kingdom affirms its total rejection of any threats and attempts to undermine it, whether through economic sanctions, political pressure or repeating false accusations", the kingdom's statement said.

Turkish officials say they fear Saudi agents killed Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. So far, the kingdom has offered no evidence in the past week to show that Khashoggi ever left the building, as a new surveillance photo surfaced showed him walking in its main entrance.

Turkish investigators are examining CCTV footage showing the moment he entered the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents ahead of his marriage to his Turkish fiance Hatice Cengiz.

The Tadawul All-Shares Index (TASI) quickly lost more than 500 points on the first trading day of the week, wiping out all the gains it had made since the start of the year.

Protesters hold posters of Khashoggi during a demonstration organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to the consulate on Monday.

The list also includes the name Mohammad Saad al-Zahrani. Local media described the Saudis being military and intelligence officers, as well as several "royal guards". He has reportedly claimed to have heard sounds of a struggle. A video caption says seven other men checked in at another nearby hotel at different times.

Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media on Thursday as telling journalists flying with him back home from a visit to Hungary that "we can not remain silent to such an incident".

Trump said that he's been in touch with the "highest levels" of the Saudi government about Khashoggi's case and expressed concerns about his possible murder. Turkish officials have said that they fear the team killed him. "We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as available", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement. I don't want to lose an order like that. "And they should be cooperating with us".

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", Cengiz wrote.

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He had apparently drawn the wrath of the Saudi government, which has become an ever-closer USA ally under President Donald Trump.

He also said the USA was working "very closely" with Turkey, "and I think we'll get to the bottom of it".

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicized drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called for a thorough probe by ally Saudi Arabia into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi (picture).

News channel 24 aired the video, suggesting that Khashoggi was inside of the black Mercedes Vito. "I think we'll get to the bottom of it".

"We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".

"Part of that is what we're doing with our defence systems and everybody's wanting them. I don't trust him for a minute'". "We want to see what's going on there".

Rebecca Vincent, the director of RSF's London office, said Saudi Arabia urgently needs to answer questions about his disappearance. The administration also relies on Saudi support for its Middle East agenda to counter Iranian influence, fight extremism and support an expected peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians. His Turkish fiancee waited outside.

Earlier, Saudi Arabia had quashed reports of the pressman's death.

Khashoggi, 59, who was once close to the Saudi royal family and has served as an adviser for senior Saudi officials, left the country past year to live in the USA in self-imposed exile, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

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