Fate of Saudi journalist tests U.S.-Saudi relationship

Sergio Conner
October 11, 2018

Both hotels declined to comment.

Then on October 2, as he was about to enter the Saudi Consulate for the second time, Khashoggi left his cellphones with his fiancee, instructing her to inform Yasin Aktay if anything went wrong. "It is not possible for us to remain silent on this because this is not an ordinary incident", Erdoğan told members of the Turkish press accompanying him during his two-day visit to Hungary.

Government sources said at the weekend that police believed Khashoggi was killed by a team specially sent to Istanbul, thought to consist of 15 Saudis.

Turkey's private NTV news channel identified one member of the alleged 15-member team as the head of a Saudi forensic science agency. No evidence of him leaving the consulate has been made public, but Turkish officials also have yet to provide evidence he was kidnapped or killed. Footage also showed some of the Saudis arriving in Istanbul.

The Daily Mail cited an anonymous "source close to the Saudi royals" who claimed that Khashoggi had been abducted and taken alive to the Saudi capital of Riyadh.

Askam newspaper speculated it was "almost certain" that Mr Khashoggi had been taken in the vehicle.

The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, described the allegations as "malicious leaks and grim rumors" and said the kingdom is "gravely concerned" about Khashoggi.

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A surveillance video image surfaced Tuesday showing Khashoggi walking into the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood.

Fears are growing over the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Sen. The newspaper also quoted an unidentified senior Turkish official as saying the Saudis weren't allowing a proper investigation in the consulate. Almost two hours after Khashoggi entered the consulate, video shows two vehicles with diplomatic plates leaving the consulate through police barricades and headed to the Saudi consul general's residence.

Khashoggi is a columnist for The Washington Post who had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States.

"We called a few other places, these are lower officials, but they said: "We have evidence he was killed in a barbaric way, we will announce it tomorrow or the day after". "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody". 'After the consulate, we were going to buy appliances for our new home and set a date. At the same time whether its steps they've taken in the region, this in particular., we need to push back on activities like this if they have occurred.

She wrote: 'Although his opinions had angered certain people, he said, the tensions between himself and Saudi Arabia did not amount to hate, grudges or threats.

He was, however, increasingly anxious about an unprecedented wave of arrests in his country.

It was reported on Tuesday that the six cars that left the consulate, several hours after Khashoggi had entered, stopped for several hours at the nearby Saudi consul general's residence, a site that has now become a focal point of the investigation into what happened to him.

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