Missing journalist: Alleged member of Khashoggi 'hit squad' seen at Saudi consulate

Ivan Schwartz
October 18, 2018

"The UK remains very concerned about Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance", the spokesman said.

Khashoggi, a former regime insider who became critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has not been seen since he stepped inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to sort out marriage paperwork.

Mnuchin had repeatedly said he planned to attend the Future Investment Initiative pending new information about the case, even as details reported in the Turkish and American press about the fate of the Washington Post columnist's fate have grown increasingly gory.

"The [Washington] Post held off publishing it because we hoped Jamal would come back to us so that he and I could edit it together. Now I have to accept: That is not going to happen", Karen Attiah wrote.

"I had a chance to brief the president on the travel that I returned form last evening, where I traveled to Riyadh and Ankara".

Turkish investigators carried out searches Thursday at the Saudi consulate and the nearby consul's residence in Istanbul in connection with the disappearance of USA -based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish police entered the Saudi consulate on Monday for the first time since Khashoggi's disappearance two weeks ago, searching the premises for nine hours.

Forensic teams had already visited the consulate once this week, going there Monday to search for clues to what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the diplomatic outpost on October 2.

Saudi Arabia, which denies the killing, allowed investigators inside overnight.

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Meanwhile, Turkey, which has been the source of much of the damning evidence against the Saudis in Khashoggi's disappearance, is conducting its own investigation, results of which Pompeo said would be shared with the United States and the Saudis.

Khashoggi was beheaded and his body was cut up, reports said. Mnuchin is visiting several countries in the region next week, starting with Israel on Sunday, and it's not clear whether he will still go ahead with his stop in Saudi Arabia.

In the column he talks about the importance of a free press in the Middle East.

The newspaper said Saudi Consul General Mohammed al Otaibi could be heard on the tape, telling those allegedly torturing Khashoggi: "Do this outside; you're going to get me in trouble". "The facts are serious and we want to know the truth", the minister said. "I don't understand it", he said. "More important, we need to provide a platform for Arab voices", Khashoggi writes.

McGurk, the State Department envoy, arrived in Saudi Arabia on Friday to discuss how the $100 million in stabilization money would be spent, said a State Department official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the private conversations.

The New York Times had reported that Mutreb had travelled extensively with the Crown Prince, perhaps as a bodyguard.

The team included prosecutors and forensics experts in white overalls.

Trump initially promised "severe punishment" for Saudi Arabia if the United States determined that Saudi agents killed Khashoggi.

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