Did Crown Prince Order Murder of Saudi Journalist?

11 October, 2018, 04:01 | Author: Brooke Harris
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The Turkish government has claimed that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, on the orders of the Saudi government.

The fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has asked President Donald Trump to help uncover what happened to the Riyadh critic who she said had "been fighting for his principles".

The silent video showed one of two private Gulfstream jets that Turkish media said carried the Saudi group, who flew in and out of Istanbul on October 2.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said it's "imperative" that the Saudi government give clear answers about what happened to Khashoggi.

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

Today, Turkish television broadcaster NTV released CCTV footage of some of the Saudis going from the airport to the Movenpick Hotel, where they are believed to have stayed, and on to the consulate.

"It's a very sad situation, it's a very bad situation, Trump said".

He said he and his wife, Melania, expect to invite Cengiz to the White House soon. After a positive first meeting with consular staff, who welcomed him warmly and assured him that the necessary paperwork would come through, Jamal was hardly concerned ahead of his second visit.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 15, 2014, Jamal Khashoggi, looks on during a press conference in the Bahraini capital Manama.

But Iran, OPEC's third-largest producer, has repeatedly said that its oil exports can not be reduced to zero because of high demand levels in the market and has blamed Trump for an oil price rally caused by imposing sanctions on Tehran.

"We can not let this happen - to reporters, to anybody", he added during the Oval Office meeting with the Secretary of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator. "We can't let this happen".

Speaking during a radio interview earlier on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence said the United States "stands ready to assist in any way" in the investigation.

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Middle East Eye reported one of the suspects was head of the forensic department in Saudi General Security. The passenger manifest, obtained by the pro-government Daily Sabah paper, also lists a senior intelligence officer and two Saudi air force officers.

The country has indicated it would allow Turkish authorities to carry out a search of the consulate.

The fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has publicly pleaded for help from the USA president and first lady to clear up the circumstances of his disappearance.

Khashoggi was also critical of the Saudi government-and he went into exile in the U.S.in 2017, fearing that he would be arrested as part of Prince Mohammad's crackdown on dissent.

In an off-the-record interview published by the BBC, Khashoggi said he didn't think he'd be able to go back to Saudi Arabia, but still called Mohammad bin Salman's reforms a time of "great transformation" in his country. Saudi Arabia has strongly denied all such reports.

In Washington, Corker said he doubted accounts from Saudi officials that security cameras at the consulate did not record any images.

"To me ... it feels very much some nefarious activity has occurred by them".

"He shared with me that they only livestream their tapes", Corker said, according to CNN correspondent Manu Raju. He had apparently drawn the wrath of the Saudi government, which has become an ever-closer USA ally under President Donald Trump. The Sabah newspaper, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published names and pictures of the Saudi nationals, apparently taken at a passport control station.

Saudi Arabia's top leadership ordered the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish officials said according to an explosive new report by The New York Times.

Earlier, US officials warned that any harm done to the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor will jeopardize its relations with the kingdom, its close ally and the world's largest oil exporter.

Trump declined to comment on whether he would hold the Saudis responsible, saying, "I have to find out who did it". "If this did in fact happen, if this man was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, that would cross every line of normality in the global community".

Later, eight of the men checked into the Movenpick hotel near the consulate, with seven others checking into a nearby hotel, the Wyndham.

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