Saudi writer 'murdered' in consulate

Frederick Owens
October 10, 2018

The Washington Post repeated its demand Tuesday that the governments of Turkey and Saudi Arabia provide information about the whereabouts of contributor Jamal Khashoggi, who has not been seen since he entered Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul last week. The Turkish private NTV television said Ankara requested permission for Turkish investigators to search the consulate building in Istanbul, but a Foreign Ministry official would not confirm the report.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency, quoting an unnamed official at the Istanbul consulate, denied the reports of Khashoggi's murder.

Protestors hold pictures of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, on October 8, 2018.

Authorities in Istanbul believe he was murdered within the consulate walls, but the Saudi government maintains he left. Repeating Trump's expression of "concern", Pompeo, who had just returned from a trip to Asia, called on the Saudi government "to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation".

According to the comments emailed from the Saudi embassy in Washington DC "Jamal has many friends in the Kingdom", including Ambassador bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia has said the accusations are "baseless" and claims Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he arrived.

But Khashoggi's fiancée is reportedly holding out hope, tweeting in Arabic late Saturday and translated by the Middle East Eye, "Jamal was not killed, and I don't believe that he was killed", the fiancée said.

"What was explained to us is this: He was killed, make your funeral preparations", Kislakci said.

Khashoggi, an Al Watan and Washington Post journalist known for his strong critiques of authorities in Saudi Arabia and ruling Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had fled his home country previous year to live in self-imposed exile in the United States.

In recent days, Americans lawmakers from across the political spectrum have warned the affair could harm US-Saudi relations.

"The Saudi authorities must immediately give a full and credible accounting of what happened to Khashoggi inside its diplomatic mission", the CPJ said in a statement.

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A surveillance image has emerged that shows Khashoggi entering the consulate on the day he disappeared.

MBS, as the crown prince is known, has been trying to bring Saudi Arabia into the 21st century.

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius recently noted that his friend Khashoggi had endured a crisis of conscience past year when MBS was jailing and torturing his Saudi friends.

Earlier reports said Turkish police were focusing on 15 Saudi citizens who came to Turkey on two airplanes on the day of the incident.

Khashoggi had sought assurances about his safety from friends in the United States before visiting the consulate and had asked Cengiz to contact Turkish authorities if he failed to emerge.

Mr Khashoggi was a regular contributor to The Post, and colleagues there have said he often expressed concern for his safety because of his writing.

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

The Washington Post chose to leave a blank space where Khashoggi's column would have been in its Friday edition in support of the missing writer. "Don't you have cameras and other things?"

The alleged murder, cloaked in deep mystery, assumes more global significance because Khashoggi was a high-profile journalist with penetrating worldwide connections.

Protesters hold pictures of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration organized by Turkish-Arabic Media Association.

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