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Erdogan: Saudis must prove missing reporter left consulate

11 October 2018

The Turkish authorities claim he was brutally killed inside the consulate building and his body was dismembered, while the Saudi government still insists on denying the accusations claiming he left their building unharmed.

"Jamal has many friends in Saudi Arabia, and I am one of them", he said in a statement, saying the two had kept in touch while he was living overseas "despite differences".

"That is effectively terminating consular relations between Saudi Arabia on Turkish territory", Professor Saul said. Police also said a special team of around 15 Saudis were especially sent to Istanbul and in the building at the same time as Khashoggi.

Turkish investigators believe that Khashoggi, 59, was killed shortly after he entered and his body was later removed from the premises, a US official and sources close to the investigation said.

"It is like 'Pulp Fiction, '" the official told the Times.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Saudi Arabia to support a thorough, transparent investigation.

"We demand from the worldwide community to pressure Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Salman to tell us exactly what happened". "Jamal is a Saudi citizen whose safety and security is a top priority", he said. He has not been heard from since October 2, when he entered a Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey to receive marriage paperwork.

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national, went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday.

The Post, citing anonymous US officials familiar with the intelligence, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him. The consulate has also denied that Khashoggi was abducted.

United Nations experts are concerned that Khashoggi's disappearance and the allegations of Saudi Arabia's involvement are related to his criticism of Saudi policies.

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia a year ago saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post newspaper.

US officials think it's possible the Crown Prince wanted Khashoggi silenced, but miscalculated the global impact his disappearance would have.The Washington Post first reported the details of the intercepts.US President Donald Trump is facing increased pressure over the Khashoggi case.

"Diplomats get absolute immunity from criminal prosecutions, so if an ambassador was involved in the murder, they can't be touched", Professor Saul said.
He was also a vocal critic of the Saudi Arabian government and fact that Riyadh has taken a harsh approach to members of the press who criticize the country's leadership lends some credence to the allegations of murder or imprisonment. He also said the USA was working "very closely" with Turkey, "and I think we'll get to the bottom of it".

Two months later, writing about the detentions of scores of Saudi royals, senior officials and businessmen accused of corruption, he said Mohammed bin Salman dispensed "selective justice" and said there was "complete intolerance for even mild criticism" of the crown prince.

Saudi Arabia released a statement early on Sunday dismissing the murder news reports.

He had been living in the United States in a self-imposed exile since past year, in part due to the rise of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the son of King Salman. "But if this deeply disturbing news report is confirmed, the United States & the civilized world must respond strongly, and I will review all options in Senate".

Erdogan: Saudis must prove missing reporter left consulate