Published: Sun, October 21, 2018
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist

Saudi crown prince ordered op against missing journalist

Turkish media have published images of an alleged 15-member Saudi "assassination squad" and video of suspicious movements at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance a week ago.

Saudi Arabia has dismissed as baseless accusations that it killed or abducted Khashoggi.

"Victims of the Arab world's authoritarian regimes seek leadership from the US and DAWN intends to provide such leadership", the organization wrote in a statement listing its core principles. Turkey said Tuesday it will search the consulate as it investigates why journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washi.

Khaled Saffuri said the adviser, Saud al-Qahtani, told Khashoggi "that the crown prince wants him back and said you are our son, you are loyal, the crown prince would like you to come and be his adviser, stuff like that".

Meanwhile, top American senators called on U.S. President Donald Trump to consider imposing sanctions on Saudi officials regarding Khashoggi's case. "There's no direct causality, but the question remains, to what degree the Trump administration's acquiescence to the Saudis emboldened the Saudi leadership to think it can do what it likes, both in repressing dissent at home and pursuing policies overseas that frankly in my judgment. have been undermining United States national interests".

"To me, this is just one more reason why we should be very suspect about selling arms to the Saudis", Paul told Shannon Bream, host of 'Fox News @ Night.' "If they have the ability and also the audacity to go into another country and kill a journalist, these aren't the kind of people maybe that we want to be selling arms to". 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.

Saudi officials strongly deny any involvement in the disappearance, and insist Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed that day. "I don't want to prejudge, but if it goes down the road that I'm anxious about it going down, contempt will be met with contempt", he said.

The individuals checked into two hotels close to the consulate, the daily said.

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Minutes after their arrival at Ataturk International Airport, two cars can be seen taking the men to Gate E, where eight of them are seen on camera passing through passport control. News channel 24, a private Turkish TV channel close to Erdogan, has aired surveillance video of Khashoggi walking into the Saudi consulate, and a black van leaving later for the consul's home.

Turkish police investigating the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi believe he was killed inside the consulate by 15 Saudis who visited October 2, and left the country the same day. "They're going to take that money and spend it in Russian Federation or China or someplace else", he said. "If this man was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, that would cross every line of normality in the global community". The officials reportedly wanted to "lure" Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia - his native country - and "lay hands on him there", the person told The Post.

'And we can not let this happen. Saudi Arabia did not respond to requests for comment on Wednesday.

A pro-government Turkish newspaper published an account of a team of Saudis who flew to Istambul around the time of the disappearance.

In both calls they asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process.

Reports of Khashoggi's potentially grim fate have only fed the criticism from Republicans and Democrats on Capitol Hill, who have always been wary of Saudi religious extremism and ties to terrorism. The Kentucky Republican said he hopes Trump will support stronger measures against Saudi Arabia "if there is any evidence they killed this journalist".

But if it becomes clear that he ordered the assassination of Khashoggi or was connected to it in some way, it will provoke an outcry on Capitol Hill; embarrass United States executives, dozens of whom are flocking to Riyadh for a conference next week where the crown prince is scheduled to speak; and put Kushner, who was once himself a newspaper publisher, in an extremely awkward position.

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