Turkish paper names 15 Saudis in Khashoggi case

Blanche Robertson
October 11, 2018

This is an incident that has occurred in our country. Turkish sources believe he was tortured, killed and dismembered.

A veteran journalist, Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul to arrange paperwork for his wedding to Cengiz, a Turk.

Aksam said they left their hotel later in the morning.

The Saudi-born writer disappeared after walking into the consulate on October 2, and Turkish officials believe he was killed and his body removed from the building.

"Reports about Jamal's fate have suggested he was a victim of state-sponsored, cold-blooded murder", said Post publisher and chief executive Fred Ryan.

Saudi Arabia asserts the allegations are "baseless". "Everything points to them".

Trump, speaking to reporters Wednesday in the Oval Office, said he had spoken "more than once" with Saudi officials in recent days but didn't provide details of the conversations.

Khashoggi, who has penned articles critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies in the Arab and Western press, was a Washington Post op-ed writer.

But he left Saudi Arabia in 2017, fearing censorship and possible detention at the hands of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, went further.

The security sources told TRT World that the "hit squad" took CCTV footage from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul with them when they left Turkey. Bob Menendez and Patrick Leahy, called for Mr. Trump to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act, which allows the president to impose sanctions on a person or country that has engaged in a human rights violation. "I am concerned about it. We don't have any information on that", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Tuesday.

United Nations rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday echoed calls for "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to keep the findings public" in comments to journalists in Geneva.

"The US had no advance knowledge of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance" or of any kind of threat, he said on Wednesday.

In an interview Wednesday, Pence said the U.S.is "ready to assist in anyway" in response to questions about sending Federal Bureau of Investigation agents. "The process over who will administer Manbij in the post-YPG era is also continuing", Erdoğan said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the US request for information. Officials from both Turkey and he United States have sought proof of this, to no avail. Perhaps I'm simply trying to hide from the thought that I have lost a great man whose love I had earned. I am the president of the Republic of Turkey, which is a democratic republic. "I very much doubt we could pass another one", Corker said.

Erdoğan added that those related to the Brunson case also need to abide by the rules of law and the courts' decisions.

A man reads the Sabah newspaper, with a headline that reads "15-member assassination squad " in Ankara, Turkey. On Oct. 12 he will be standing in front of the court for a hearing.

The U.S. has been in contact with Turkish officials about the case, Trump said.

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