Missing Saudi journalist: Why Jamal Khashoggi was a threat to Riyadh?

Missing Saudi journalist: Why Jamal Khashoggi was a threat to Riyadh?

Missing Saudi journalist: Why Jamal Khashoggi was a threat to Riyadh?

The Turkish private NTV television said Ankara asked for permission for its investigators to search the consulate building, but a Foreign Ministry official would not confirm the report.

He told broadcaster CNN Turk that Khashoggi had not left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which he had entered on Tuesday to obtain documents for a forthcoming marriage, in "normal ways".

A source quoted by The Washington Post said the journalist was killed by a 15-member Saudi team sent "specifically for the murder". "I hope we won't encounter an undesirable situation".

Erdogan said he was personally following the issue, without saying what he believed had happened to Khashoggi.

A Turkish official separately told The Associated Press that authorities believe Jamal Khashoggi was slain at the Saudi Consulate, while another said it was a "high probability".

The country has demanded Saudi Arabia prove he left, while not providing evidence to support the claim he was killed inside. While the oil-rich kingdom is spending millions of dollars to paint the crown prince as a reformist moderate, Congress is increasingly concerned over the humanitarian impact of the US-backed Saudi-led war in Yemen while Trump himself has ripped Riyadh amid rising oil prices.

U.S. President Donald Trump has expressed concern about the writer's disappearance, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said U.S. officials have raised the matter with their Saudi counterparts. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tweeted Sunday that if "deeply disturbing" reports of Khashoggi's murder were confirmed, "The United States and the civilized world must respond strongly, and I will review all options in Senate".

He visited the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documentation to finalize his divorce; his Turkish fiancée waited for him outside the building, and reported him missing after he didn't return.

A Sunni power, Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara's rapprochement with the kingdom's Shiite archrival, Iran.

The source further said that the interrogators later dismembered his body and the Saudi nationals took interrogation video with themselves to brief Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on his death, the source said. He also reiterated that Khashoggi had left the building.

'There's some pretty bad stories about it.

Mentioning the arrest of Essam al-Zamel, a Saudi columnist and economist, Khashoggi told BBC: "Recently, a Saudi columnist, an economist, who was close to the royal court got arrest and that scared many people".

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally. She accused Saudi Arabia of "state terrorism" and called on the worldwide community to take action against the kingdom.

Some analysts said the women's arrests were not "surprising" and were in line with Saudi Arabia's top-down vision - that change only comes from the throne. He left Saudi Arabia a year ago after he said the authorities had instructed him to stop posting on Twitter.

Other than his journalistic commitments, he had always occupied key positions and was the editor-in-chief of Al Hayat and other vociferous media outlets including Al Watan, known for airing progressive views.

'Despite that, we have seen over the last few days various malicious leaks and grim rumors flying around about Jamal's whereabouts and fate, ' the statement says.

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