Sunday, 18 November, 2018

Saudi Arabia to let Turkey search consulate over missing journalist

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate Saudi Journalist Killed, Dismembered at Consulate in Istanbul: Source
Andrew Cummings | 10 October, 2018, 04:02

Khashoggi was a frequent contributor to the Washington Post and other western publications. The Saudi government has repeatedly claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, but his fiancee who was waiting outside said he never appeared.

That means Turkish police can not enter and search the consulate unless they get permission from the Saudi authorities, which they have now reportedly received.

A man places a poster of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, on a barrier that blocks the road leading to the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, as people gather in his support, Friday, Oct. 5, 2018. Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman "is acting like [Russian President Vladimir] Putin", Khashoggi wrote in another one.

President Donald Trump also publicly expressed concern over the reports surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance.

According to the Arabic-language Al-Khaleej Al-Jadid news website, citing the informed source, Khashoggi was tortured to death during interrogation inside the consulate.

It is, perhaps, possible that MBS is labouring under a sense of extreme superiority thanks to his connections with the US. He had been living in the United States since previous year, in self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has shown little tolerance for criticism. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

The U.S. State Department is looking into accusations that Saudi Arabia was involved in the alleged murder of Khashoggi.

Aksoy said the investigation was "continuing intensively", and that the Vienna Convention allowed for consulates to be searched by the authorities of the host country with the consent of the mission chief.

Ankara has provided no evidence that Mr Khashoggi was killed in the building. "I know what everybody else knows - nothing", Trump said.

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Khashoggi has been an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, causing him to leave his home country past year to live in exile in the United States. A former Muslim Brotherhood member who befriended Osama bin Laden but later condemned his violence, Khashoggi became a leading proponent for Arab reform-some of the same reforms, in fact, that MBS has spearheaded as part of his Vision 2030 campaign for the kingdom.

Turkish security sources confirmed the newspaper's report to MEE, and added that "there were intensive moves in and out of the consulate" last Tuesday.

"As the President has conveyed, the United States is concerned by his disappearance".

Trump, who has long criticized the US media, on Monday said he was concerned about reports regarding the journalist and did not "like hearing about it", but that he hoped the situation "will sort itself out". "Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist".

Prince Mohammed earlier denied in an interview with Bloomberg that the journalist had been inside the consulate and said Turkish authorities could search the building, which is Saudi sovereign territory.

"It's very, very sad for us that this happened in our country", the Turkish president said.

"We have seen conflicting reports on the safety and whereabouts of prominent Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi".

"Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?" Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) tweeted, "I pray Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is alive".

Members of Congress, where there has always been bipartisan skepticism about Saudi Arabia, have issued statements and tweets demanding answers from Riyadh. Sen.

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