‘Hit squad’ left Turkey with Saudi consulate CCTV footage

11 October, 2018, 09:26 | Author: Sheila Harris
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"Two possibilities, either he was killed at the consulate and his body transported out on to the planes onward to Dubai/Cairo - then Riyadh, or he was abducted at the consulate and renditioned back to Saudi Arabia".

Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke to Salman in a "follow up call" that sought to "reiterate the United States request for information".

US President Donald Trump said on Tuesday he planned to contact Saudi authorities about the case.

But Turkish officials declined to go on record as Turkey tries to manage its hard relationship with regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia.

Trump told reporters in the Oval Office on Wednesday that he has a call in to his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz.

Trump said he had talked "more than once" and "at the highest levels" to partners in Saudi Arabia, which is one of Washington's closest allies and a key market for the USA weapons industry.

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.

Harsh actions against one of Trump's stalwart allies would be a sharp contrast with the administration's relatively muted tone over the kingdom's role in the war in Yemen and a crackdown on internal dissent.

News of Saudi Arabia orchestrating the assassination of Khashoggi has put further pressure on its ally the United States to take action.

Jamal Khashoggi has been missing since visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2.

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Mr Khashoggi has not been seen since he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week and never came out.

In his last interview three days before his disappearance, he said he did not think he would return to Saudi Arabia.

Pro-government Turkish newspaper Sabah yesterday published the names and photographs of 15 nationals who flew in on the day of his disappearance.

Turkish security sources tell TRT World that footage was taken out of the country on a private jet and that a 15-member "hit squad" was seen going to the Saudi Consul General's residence.

Nour, along with a number of other activists, including Nobel Peace Prize laureate Yemeni Tawakkol Karman, demonstrated outside the Saudi consulate on Monday holding pictures of Khashoggi. "They can even catch bird or a mosquito with the advanced systems they have", the president said.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".

Suspicions are mounting that Saudi's crown prince ordered the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey.

Writer Jamal Khashoggi, who had written critically about Prince Mohammed and the kingdom, vanished October 2 while on a trip to the consulate to get paperwork so he could be married to Cengiz.

The security sources told TRT World that the "hit squad" took CCTV footage from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul with them when they left Turkey.

Corker, the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, acknowledged the case - if Saudi responsibility is confirmed - could complicate the US strategy to contain Iran, in its bid to gain influence throughout the Middle East.

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