Saudis murdered journalist in Istanbul consulate, says Turkey

07 October, 2018, 16:27 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • Turkey launches probe into Saudi journalist's disappearance

Turkish authorities have said that a prominent Saudi journalist who disappeared four days ago after entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul was killed inside the building, according to sources.

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi and the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials also told him they "have evidence he was killed in a barbaric way" and dismembered.

Mr Khashoggi reportedly left his phone with her - plus instructions to call a member of Turkey's governing party if he failed to return.

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said Khashoggi's failure to emerge from the consulate "is a cause for alarm", given the Saudi authorities' pattern of "quietly detaining critical journalists".

The 59-year-old Khashoggi went missing Tuesday while on a visit to the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiance.

Saudi Arabia's consul-general rejected claims about a possible abduction, telling Reuters that his country was helping search for Khashoggi. The consulate is Saudi sovereign territory.

"If Khashoggi was indeed murdered inside a diplomatic facility, it is an act of terror that echoes Russian and Chinese tactics of extraterritorial, extrajudicial attacks on dissidents, meant to intimidate any who would speak out against the Saudi government, no matter where they may be, and giving the lie to official narratives of "reform" in Saudi Arabia", said Summer Lopez, of PEN America.

Khashoggi is a longtime Saudi journalist, foreign correspondent, editor and columnist whose work has been controversial in the past in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom.


"I love working with him (Trump)".

"Everyone heard about the rumours of Saudi Arabia cancelling the IPO of Aramco, delaying that, and that this is delaying Vision 2030", he said.

Pressed on how he would regard Trump's humiliating rhetoric against Saudi Arabia, the crown prince described the controversial remarks as a "bad issue" offset by "99 percent of good things".

Successive waves of arrests have targeted what the government said were corrupt businessmen, clerics plotting against the monarchy, and women's rights activists branded as traitors. And Saudi Arabia and OPEC and non-OPEC countries, they've produced 1.5 million barrels a day.

On the back of this preliminary investigation, Turkey announced Saturday it had opened an official probe into the journalist's disappearance. For years he was seen as being close to the Saudi royal family.

Saudi Arabia had vehemently denied that Khashoggi was detained after he entered the consulate. In December, Mr. Erdogan instead sent more troops, a move seen as an effort to prevent Saudi Arabia from taking military action in the dispute. He served as an adviser to senior Saudi officials.

Prince Mohammed said all the weapons the kingdom has from the United States are paid for.

"The request that America made to Saudi Arabia and other OPEC countries is to be sure that if there is any loss of supply from Iran, that we will supply that".

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