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Turkey accuses 15 Saudis of hiding and killing Khashoggi

11 October 2018

The prince denied as "absolutely false" any suspicion that Saudi agents might have detained or killed Khashoggi, and contended it was "outrageous" to think he might have been "murdered in the consulate, during business hours, and with dozens of staff and visitors in the building".

The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi was a contributor, published a surveillance image Tuesday showing the Saudi reporter at the consulate. Cengiz did not see him re-emerge, although Saudi officials said he left the consulate shortly after visiting.

That same day, President Trump was asked about Khashoggi's disappearance and didn't have much to say apart from "I am concerned about it".

Protestors hold portraits of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday.

The planes belonged to a company based in Saudi Arabia which has links to the state. He also added, the free world deserves answers.

Khashoggi is a resident of the United States and has been living in Washington, D.C. The former editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper and then an advisor to Saudi government officials, in the a year ago Khashoggi had written columns critical of the Saudi goverment in the Post. "We want to get to the bottom of it".

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In an interview later Wednesday with "Fox News @ Night", Trump said he wanted to find out what happened to Khashoggi but appeared reluctant to consider blocking arms sales, citing economic reasons.

United States intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance.

He has continuously endorsed the crown prince despite human rights organisations expressing serious concerns over the imprisonment and persecution of dissidents, and the ongoing Saudi bombing of Yemen. The newspaper also quoted an unidentified senior Turkish official as saying the Saudis weren't allowing a proper investigation in the consulate.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed at the consulate last week.

In a column published Wednesday by the Post, Hatice Cengiz wrote: "I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate".

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The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ ) has been documenting the increasingly harsh treatment of journalists in Saudi Arabia. Khashoggi, 59, went missing last Tuesday while visiting the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.

Turkish police investigating the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi believe he was killed inside the consulate by 15 Saudis who visited October 2, and left the country the same day.

Trump had already signaled he would look into the matter, telling reporters on Wednesday that he would meet with Khashoggi's fiancee.

What's next: As the two sides preserve the veneer of cooperation, Turkish investigators were widely expected to conduct a search at the consulate today after Saudi Arabia granted its permission.

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

"If the Saudi government sent a bunch of people to kill him and chop him up and then they left, if that's what happened, I'm telling you what's gonna happen on Capitol Hill is a complete revolt against our policies with Saudi Arabia, ' said Rubio, adding that would be "unfortunate" because the Saudis are important partners when it comes to "containing" Iran's influence".

"What happened to this respected and noble man, Jamal Khashoggi, is a crime of lowness, vulgar and treachery, and a crime against humanity, the right of the press, free of speech", he said.

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Turkey accuses 15 Saudis of hiding and killing Khashoggi