Did Crown Prince Order Murder of Saudi Journalist?

A screenshot of the report published by Turkish newspaper Sabah showing the faces of the 15 men taken at passport control

A screenshot of the report published by Turkish newspaper Sabah showing the faces of the 15 men taken at passport control

U.S. officials have not confirmed Turkish claims that Khashoggi, a United States resident and one of the more outspoken critics of the regime of King Salman and his son Prince Mohammed, had been lured to the consulate and murdered by a team of 15 government operatives sent by Riyadh to Istanbul.

Jamal Khashoggi is featured on a poster during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

According to security sources the preliminary estimations of the Turkish police suggest that Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, that the killing was planned and the body of Khashoggi was taken out of the consulate.

Khashoggi, who has penned articles critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies in the Arab and Western press, was a Washington Post op-ed writer. In recent days, I've witnessed the work of the Turkish authorities as they monitor the situation closely.

The list also includes the name Mohammad Saad al-Zahrani. Local media described the Saudis being military and intelligence officers, as well as several "royal guards". CCTV footage showed him entering the building.

The footage allegedly shows the men arriving at the airport and checking into a hotel, as well as a van arriving at the consul-general's residence two hours after Khashoggi entered the consulate, about 250 metres away.

Both planes later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, pro-government Sabah daily said. The museum said no member of staff would be speaking at the event and the decision was a commercial one that will gain valuable income for the museum.

Mr Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media today as telling journalists flying with him back home from a visit to Hungary that "we can not remain silent to such an incident". "Is it possible not to have camera systems at a consulate or an embassy?"

The Saudi consulate and other authorities have not commented on the claims.

But the Saudi government asserted Khashoggi left the premises shortly after his visit and claimed they too were anxious for him. He said the first lady's office was making arrangements to bring Khashoggi's fiancée, Turkish national Hatice Cengiz, to the White House.

Kushner and Prince Mohammed have had private, one-on-one phone calls that were not always set up through normal channels so the conversations could be memorialized - preserved via a written synopsis of what was said right after the conversation ended - and Kushner could be properly briefed.

"We can not let this happen to reporters, to anybody", Mr Trump said on Wednesday, adding: "We're demanding everything".

On Tuesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said his department called on Saudi Arabia to "support a thorough investigation. and to be transparent about the results".

Britain's foreign minister called for urgent answers and the chairman of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker, who has seen classified intelligence on the case, said information pointed to Khashoggi being killed. "Well, I have to find out who did it, but people saw him go in...but they didn't see come out, as they understand it and we're going to take a very serious look at it". It would be a violation of worldwide law to harm, arrest or detain people at a diplomatic mission, he said, and noted that no such thing had ever happened in Turkey's history. We have a country that's doing probably better economically than it's ever done before. "Frankly I think that would be a very tough pill for our country to swallow. Now, as you know, they're saying 'We had nothing to do with it.' But so far everyone's saying they had nothing to do with it".

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