United Nations voices 'serious concern' over missing Saudi journalist

United Nations voices 'serious concern' over missing Saudi journalist

United Nations voices 'serious concern' over missing Saudi journalist

Meanwhile on Tuesday, the Washington Post - where Khashoggi wrote columns after fleeing Saudi Arabia over fears of retribution for his critical commentary - reported United States intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials planning to abduct the prominent journalist. But if by some miracle Khashoggi is still alive in a Saudi prison somewhere, revealing that he spoke anonymously to a foreign reporter could have enraged his captors and jeopardized his life.

High-profile Turkish security officials have concluded that prominent Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing after visiting the kingdom's consulate in Turkey's largest city of Istanbul last week, was assassinated in the diplomatic mission on orders from the highest levels of the Riyadh regime.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and United States resident, had written articles critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", one Turkish official told Reuters.

The Turkish officials have not publicly disclosed their evidence, but instead have drip-fed leaks day by day, turning journalists and social media users alike into amateur investigators, chasing down CCTV stills, following flight paths and mapping out driving times in Istanbul.

Mr Trump himself said he was concerned, while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo urged a thorough investigation with transparent findings about the fate of Mr Khashoggi, whom Saudi officials insist left the consulate in Istanbul.

It was the second time in two days that the ambassador had been questioned by the Foreign Office about what the Saudi royal family may know about Khashoggi's disappearance.

Daily Sabah, a Turkish newspaper with close ties to government, namedand published photos on Tuesday of the alleged 15-member Saudi assassination team accused of travelling to Istanbul on the day Khashoggi disappeared.

"If he left, you have to prove it with footage".

President Donald Trump also publicly expressed concern over the reports surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish officials have not stated how they determined that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate. They, however, offered no specific evidence to back up their claim.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called on Saudi Arabia to investigate the odd disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, whose case has sparked worldwide outcry over the extent of the kingdom's crackdown on dissent. The Foreign Ministry said Saudi officials have indicated their willingness to cooperate in the investigation. She said he had been "somewhat concerned that he could be in danger" when making his first visit September 28 but had been encouraged by a "positive" first meeting with consular staff.

"See, when I hear about an arrest of my friend who did nothing that worth to be arrested make me feel that I should not go home".

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", she said. 'I don't like hearing about it and hopefully that will sort itself out.

"If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to it are true, this is truly shocking", Shamdasani said. "Right now, nobody knows anything about it", he said.

On a positive note, the very bad crime in Turkey should at least put Saudi Arabia under closer scrutiny.

Saudi Arabia says the allegations are baseless.

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