Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist

Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist

Protesters hold a portrait of missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate on Tuesday in Istanbul.

Khashoggi is seen in a surveillance photo published by the Washington Post entering the consulate where Turkish officials believe he was killed earlier this month.

He also questioned assertions by Saudi authorities that the consulate does not have footage of Khashoggi leaving the building as the mission's security cameras only provide live footage and do not record images.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on Saudi Arabia to investigate the odd disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose case has sparked global outcry over the extent of the kingdom's crackdown on dissent.

Turkey has not issued any proof to back up its claims.

Turkey on Tuesday said it will search the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of an investigation into the disappearance of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post, a week after he vanished during a visit there.

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said if Saudi Arabia had lured a USA resident into a consulate and killed him, "it's time for the United States to rethink our military, political and economic relationship with Saudi Arabia". He told her to call an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan if he did not return.

The source said they were told Mr Khashoggi is still alive, contradicting the claims he was murdered in the Istanbul consulate.

Jamal Khashoggi went to the consulate last Tuesday to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could remarry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

"We're not leading by example, and so whenever we make condemnations of other country's anti-press behavior, it may seem like hollow words", Ewen said.

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During a trip to Turkey, he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get papers ahead of his upcoming marriage, but he hasn't been seen since.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée. "And hopefully, that will sort itself out", Trump said.

He had been living since past year in the United States, in a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest, where he is on an official visit. Saudi officials haven't acknowledged that.

The United States should "demand answers" from Saudi Arabia about the disappearance and alleged killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, The Washington Post said late Sunday - and punish the kingdom if cooperation is lacking.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia relations are already at a deep low.

The U.N. human rights office urged both Turkey and Saudi Arabia to investigate what it called the "apparent enforced disappearance" and possible murder of Khashoggi. "Saudi Arabia wasn't always this repressive".

Erdogan was informed of the conclusions Saturday, the Times reported, citing unnamed sources - and he has since dispatched officials to anonymously tell news outlets, including the Times. There are some pretty bad stories going around.

At least one American lawmaker, Democrat Senator Chris Murphy, said on Twitter, "If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia".

"We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to make the findings public", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told reporters in Geneva.

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