Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Senate Foreign Relations chair: Saudis responsible for missing journalist

Senate Foreign Relations chair: Saudis responsible for missing journalist

Missing writer Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi national, was last seen visiting the consulate on Tuesday.

Turkish officials say they fear Khashoggi was killed, an allegation dismissed as "baseless" by Saudi Arabia. "I don't think I will be able to go home", he said, when asked whether he thought he could return to Saudi Arabia. The prince emphasized Saudi Arabia is taking "extraordinary" measures to locate Khashoggi, "just as we would if it were any other Saudi citizen".

Turkish police are looking into a team of 15 Saudis who they say were at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi and arrived in Istanbul on October 2 on board two private planes.

Kislakci also alleged, based on conversations with officials he did not name, that Khashoggi was made to "faint", then was dismembered.

No exact timeframe was given for when the search would take place.

The Khashoggi family confirmed that they are coordinating with the Saudi government to learn about the latest developments in the case. The newspaper said the United States should demand answers from the Saudis.

A Washington Post columnist and prominent newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi mysteriously vanished last week. Turkish officials quoted in media have said he was killed but Riyadh denies that.

She added: "Although this incident could potentially fuel a political crisis between the two nations, let us not lose sight of the human aspect of what happened". Turkey has been given permission to search the diplomatic post, an extraordinary development that shows the increasing worldwide pressure the kingdom faces over Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Turkey can not remain silent over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Tayyip Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet newspaper on Thursday, adding Turkey is investigating all aspects of the case.

Saudi Arabia, which has denied the accusations, is under huge worldwide pressure, including from the USA and the European Union, to support a "thorough and open" probe into the journalist's disappearance. Trump later told Fox News at Night that "it would not be a good thing at all" if Saudi involvement was proven.

He said they were made in NY, but gave no details about who was involved. Khashoggi is a critic of the Saudi regime.

However, Mr Trump ruled out suspending arms sales to Saudi Arabia who is being blamed for the disappearance, as suggested by some legislators.

Jeremy Hunt has warned Saudi Arabia that "friendships depend on shared values" after questioning the country's ambassador over the disappearance of a journalist.

Saudi authorities have said they do not have security footage from that day.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said last week that Riyadh was "ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", because it had "nothing to hide" about the missing journalist.

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