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Saudi crown prince reportedly ordered op against missing journalist

Jamal Khashoggi vanished following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 Jamal Khashoggi vanished following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2
Steven Clarke | 11 October, 2018, 09:29

The New York Times cited a Turkish official who said Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a team of Saudi agents.

Turkish investigators say they have CCTV footage showing him enter the consulate, but not leaving. He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there.

The administration has expressed concern but has refused to even to entertain questions about what the consequences would be if Turkish allegations turn out to be true - that the 59-year-old journalist was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after entering it on October 2 to get routine paperwork for his marriage while his Turkish fiancé waited outside.

Turkish claims that a well-known Saudi writer and government critic was slain inside his country's diplomatic mission in Turkey have put the Trump administration in a delicate spot. "It is not possible for us to remain silent on this because this is not an ordinary incident", Erdoğan told members of the Turkish press accompanying him during his two-day visit to Hungary. The source confirms that Salah Muhammed al Tubaigy heads a "Forensic Evidence Unit" in Saudi Arabia's "General Security Directorate".

Whether this refers to the new General Directorate for Investigation as part of new Saudi state security departments created past year is unclear.

Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law, spoke with Mohammed Bin Salman on October 2, the day Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, was declared missing after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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They urged Trump to consider any information in the investigation "including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia".

FILE _ This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and made available on Oct. 9, 2018 claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 2, 2018. His fiancee and friends have said he did not leave the building.

Mujtahid said that the Turkish judicial authorities are already in possession of sufficient proof and evidence to prove the Saudi government's role in Khashoggi's death, but they are waiting for completion of the legal and judicial process so that the final report would condemn bin Salman. The private-plane flights the Saudis took from Riyadh have been documented, along with the Saudis' movements around Istanbul. His work has also appeared in Salon, Raw Story, Truthdig, National Memo, Philadelphia Weekly, Democratic Underground, L.A. Weekly, MintPress News and many other publications. Social media profiles of some of the alleged suspects link them to elite arms of the Saudi security apparatus.

Previously Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg that Riyadh would allow Turkish officials to search the premises. He went into self-imposed exile in Washington DC, while also maintaining a base in Turkey. The senator called that statement "not credible" and he said it's now up to the Saudi government to clarify the situation. He was at the consulate in order to finalize his divorce so that he could proceed to marry his fiancée.

Aksam daily said some of the men went into the Saudi consulate before Khashoggi.

Ankara backed Doha in denying the charges, instead accusing Saudi Arabia and its allies of using the pretext of terrorism allegations to suppress dissent at home. President Donald Trump: "I have not".

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