Monday, 22 October, 2018

Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

A screenshot of the report published by Turkish newspaper Sabah showing the faces of the 15 men taken at passport control A screenshot of the report published by Turkish newspaper Sabah showing the faces of the 15 men taken at passport control
Jeannette Daniel | 11 October, 2018, 23:01

According to the Washington Post, prior to his disappearance, Khashoggi had been inundated with government job offers and protection if he would move back to his home country.

"I recognised his photograph immediately", said Ghanem al-Dosari, a Saudi satirist living in exile in London, who knew Mr Mutreb socially.

The Senate "barely" approved the last round of arms sales, Corker said he told Prince Khalid bin Salman. "Frankly I think that would be a very tough pill for our country to swallow".

The Financial Times has taken a critical line in the Khashoggi affair saying the crown prince needs to provide the world with answers.

United Nations rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday echoed calls for "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to keep the findings public" in comments to journalists in Geneva.

Trump also said he was looking into a meeting in the White House with Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has called for Saudi Arabia to support an investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance. And we're in contact with her now, and we want to bring her to the White House.

But he added: "The alleged killing of Khashoggi is a death blow to all those hopes and expectations, unless the Saudis can somehow explain what happened and accept full responsibility".

One of the 15 Saudis identified by name and photo in the report by Sabah newspaper is a forensic expert who has worked at the Saudi Interior Ministry for 20 years, according to a LinkedIn profile and Saudi media, and serves on the board of the Saudi Society of Forensic Medicine.

Turkish media released police CCTV surveillance videos said to be of a Saudi "assassination squad".


There has been fierce speculation over what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who wrote for Arab and Western media, after he vanished on October 2 following a visit to the consulate to obtain official documents.

The reports that have surfaced over the past days of what happened on that day indicate such an operation might have gone wrong, with Turkish officials saying Khashoggi was likely murdered inside the mission.

The newspaper, where Mr Khashoggi wrote columns critical of the Saudi government, said U.S. intelligence had intercepted communications showing Saudi officials were trying to lure the journalist back to his homeland so they could arrest him. "We don't have any information on that", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert told reporters Tuesday.

The crown prince ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from the United States and then detain him, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday, citing us intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plan. The Times' report said, by a team of agents.

But when David Ignatius, one of Khashoggi's colleagues at the Washington Post, appeared on MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Wednesday morning, October 10, host Joe Scarborough-a former Florida congressman who left the GOP because of his disdain for Trump's presidency-asserted that Trump needs to be much more outspoken and proactive about Khashoggi's disappearance, noting that Khashoggi's criticism of the Saudi government "was certainly not extreme".

A Turkish official, speaking anonymously and without providing evidence, said the 59-year-old journalist was murdered by a 15-member team sent for the task.

Vice President Mike Pence said Wednesday on conservative commentator Hugh Hewitt's show that the United States would send Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to the consulate to investigate if the Saudis requested it.

Following the Washington Post report, State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said the USA "had no advanced knowledge of Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance".

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