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Timeline on the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

16 October, 2018, 13:56 | Author: Sara Gill
  • Jamal Khashoggi has been missing for 12 days

The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, has arrived in Saudi Arabia for talks with King Salman over the disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as reports emerged that Riyadh was poised to acknowledge that Khashoggi was killed in its consulate in Istanbul.

Khashoggi, a USA resident, Washington Post columnist and leading critic of the powerful Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago to get marriage documents.

"The king firmly denied any knowledge of it", said Mr. Trump, who then offered a suggestion by King Salman that it "could have been rogue killers, who knows?"

Media reported that Turkish investigators believe the journalist was murdered inside the consulate, but Saudi Arabia claims that Khashoggi went missing after he left the building.

The journalist was a one-time Saudi royal family insider turned critic who left the nation previous year and began writing pieces for The Washington Post.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud, second from right, at the inauguration ceremony of the Global Center for Combating Extremist Ideology in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, May 21, 2017.

One of those two individuals said he was told by those close to the Saudi leadership that the kingdom will claim that rogue operatives killed Khashoggi during an interrogation or a rendition attempt that went horribly awry.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case that has strained the Americans' relationship with the Saudis, carefully cultivated by the USA president.


"It has yet again shown the world that the Saudi government doesn't care about the law, doesn't care about basic human dignity, basic ethos of protecting people who enter your consulate, much less a prominent journalist", Whitson said.

Mr. Trudeau also said talk of Canadian sanctions on Saudi Arabia is premature.

Turkish police and other officials enter Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. While he was passionate about the Muslim Brotherhood in his youth and appeared to have supported Osama Bin Laden in the 1980s, he later cultivated connections to Saudi power structures as a journalist-insider and served as a key source for United States officials in Riyadh.

"If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China", he said.

"Canada calls for a thorough, credible and transparent investigation into the serious allegations about Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance", Ms. Freeland said.

Turkish sources allege he was killed by a 15-strong team of Saudi agents but Riyadh insists that he left the consulate unharmed.

Trump had dispatched Pompeo to speak to the monarch of the world's top oil exporter over Khashoggi's disappearance. Saudi stock index was down 3 percent in early Tuesday trade before it recouped some losses for a decline of 0.5 percent by 0949 GMT. But Khashoggi's disappearance has led several business leaders and media outlets to back out of the upcoming investment conference in Riyadh, called the Future Investment Initiative.

They include the CEO of Uber, a company in which Saudi Arabia has invested billions of dollars; billionaire Richard Branson; JPMorgan Chase & Co. Prince Mohammed told Reuters past year that Blackstone and BlackRock Inc were planning to open offices in the kingdom.

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