Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed

Blanche Robertson
October 11, 2018

Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards but Turkish officials and his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

The image was given to the Post by someone close to the Turkish investigation and released by the U.S. daily soon after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the Saudis to prove he left the consulate unharmed. The Saudi government has denied the allegation. "We don't know what happened yet". "We have some concrete information, it won't be an unresolved crime", the Middle East Eye reported.

Tuesday's statement from the Turkish Foreign Ministry's spokesman Hami Aksoy said that Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were "open to cooperation" and would allow the consulate building to be searched.

"It points to the idea that whatever has happened to him, the Saudis-I mean, they've got some explaining to do", Corker told the Daily Beast.

Tamimi said Khashoggi had sought the document necessary to remarry in Turkey since his exile from Saudi Arabia had resulted in a divorce. Vice President Mike Pence commented on the issue saying, "Violence against journalists across the globe is a threat to freedom of the press & human rights".

"If media reports prove correct, we will treat the incident seriously - friendships depend on shared values". Such a search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations.

The surveillance image released by The Washington Post bore a date and time stamp, as well as a Turkish caption bearing Khashoggi's name and that he was arriving at the consulate.

Saudi Consul-General Mohammad al-Otaibi said Saudi officials were searching for the journalist and gave a tour of the consulate to Reuters reporters to prove Khashoggi was not there. He has not been heard from since October 2, when he entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey to receive marriage paperwork. There were no details about when the search would take place.

A man holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest Monday organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

It was not immediately clear if the Anadolu report referred to one of those aircraft.

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It has voiced deep concern at the "apparent enforced disappearance".

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

Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), for one, was at least calling for an explanation from the Saudis on Tuesday, which Trump had failed to do.

He said this is likely to change after the "reckless" case of Khashoggi.

The US president, Donald Trump, a robust ally of Saudi Arabia, who had pledged to stay out of the country's domestic affairs, made his first reference to the case on Monday, telling reporters he was "concerned" about "some pretty bad stories" about Khashoggi's fate.

The Saudi consulate is located on Turkish territory, but under worldwide law, a consulate is "absolutely inviolable" by another country.

Khashoggi was once a Saudi newspaper editor and is a familiar face on political talk shows on Arab satellite television networks. Khashoggi is a Saudi citizen, a Washinton Post contributor, and perhaps most importantly, a critic of the House of Saud.

"That is effectively terminating consular relations between Saudi Arabia on Turkish territory", Professor Saul said.

Khashoggi has been an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, causing him to leave his home country a year ago to live in exile in the United States.

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