Saudis Lay In Wait For Saudi Journalist And Left Turkey Quickly

Pauline Gross
October 10, 2018

Khashoggi was previously a prominent newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and an adviser to a former head of intelligence.

Saudi Arabia on Tuesday invited Turkish experts and relevant officials to visit its Istanbul Consulate to look into last week's disappearance of a Saudi journalist.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. Riyadh claims he exited through a back door, the Turks are dubious and the search is on for clues.

A security source said that Turkish forces then allowed the Saudi plane to take off after they did not find any evidence that Khashoggi was onboard. "Hopefully that will sort itself out".

Turkey has now identified the roles that most or all of them held in the Saudi government or security services.

"Our country's values should be and must be a cornerstone of our foreign policy with foes and allies alike", he said.

At the same time, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to prove its claim that Khashoggi left the consulate safely. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted Sunday that if "deeply disturbing" reports of Khashoggi's murder were confirmed, "The United States and the civilized world must respond strongly, and I will review all options in Senate".

Now a source close to the Saudi royals has told that an alternative version of events is being discussed inside high levels of the Saudi government.

Turkish investigators on Saturday concluded Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate, the Post reports. As a columnist for the Post, Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime.

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Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia on October 9 invited Turkish experts and relevant officials to visit its Istanbul consulate. Turkey's Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the investigation was "continuing intensively".

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally.

It's been nearly a week since a prominent Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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.

U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed concern about the writer's disappearance, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts.

The Turkish government is demanding access to the diplomatic facility to search it after allegations that Khashoggi had been chopped up inside the building and his body parts sent to Saudi in boxes, rocked Middle East relations.

The prince said the Saudis were "very keen to know what happened to him", saying his understanding was that Mr Khashoggi left "after a few minutes or one hour".

"This is of serious concern, the apparent enforced disappearance of Khashoggi from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul", Ravina Shamdasani, a spokeswoman for the human rights office, told reporters in Geneva.

The mainstream - so far - is not reporting sufficiently on the huge, well-funded Saudi lobbying and Congressional bribing apparatus in the US; you have to turn to this excellent exposé in The Nation, which reported that "More than a third of the members of Congress contacted by such a [public relations] firm [registered to promote Saudi interests] also received a campaign contribution from a foreign agent at that firm".

Other reports by GizPress

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