Turkish Newspaper Names 15 Saudis in Missing Journalist Case

Saul Bowman
October 15, 2018

Besides Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser John Bolton and senior adviser Jared Kushner - Donald Trump's son-in-law - spoke to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about Khashoggi's disappearance.

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi monarchy, has been missing since visiting the consulate on October 2 to complete paperwork needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

Meanwhile, the New York Times reported more harrowing details, based on a source who explained that the planned murder was "a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate by a team of Saudi agents, who dismembered his body with a bone saw they brought for the objective".

That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter a consulate and search it shows the growing worldwide pressure the kingdom faces over the disappearance of Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post.

But on Wednesday, the State Department said the US had no advance knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance.

A total of 15 Saudis entered the consulate in Istanbul while Khashoggi was inside, Xinhua reported, quoting state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday.

US Senators and prominent pundits have called for Trump to sanction or stop arms sales to the Kingdom.

Turkey said Tuesday it would search the Saudi Consulate. Saudi Arabia, however, insists that Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he arrived. A video caption says seven other men checked in at another nearby hotel at different times.

On Tuesday, a still-frame image of the journalist emerged, showing Khashoggi walking toward the consulate.

Britain, France and Germany called on the Saudi and Turkish authorities on Sunday to mount a "credible investigation" into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying they were treating the incident with "the utmost seriousness".

The planes belonged to a company based in Saudi Arabia which has links to the state.

Rumours and leaks on what happened to Mr Khashoggi's fate are "malicious" and "outrageous" Prince Khalid bin Salman said.

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post that she was "confident in the abilities of Turkish government officials".

A map shows the van's route from the consulate to the nearby official residence of the Saudi consul general, where CCTV footage shows it arriving at 3:07 p.m. "Could it be them?" the US President added.

The Trump administration, from the president on down, is heavily invested in the Saudi relationship.

The Tennessee Republican, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he has also spoken with the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. The administration also relies on Saudi support for its Middle East agenda to counter Iranian influence, fight extremism and support an expected peace plan between Israel and the Palestinians. Even under the Obama administration, which had hard relations with Riyadh compared with Trump, there were some $65 billion in completed arms sales.

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