Erdogan: Turkey Can't Remain Silent' Over Khashoggi Fate

A screenshot of the report published by Turkish newspaper Sabah showing the faces of the 15 men taken at passport control
A screenshot of the report published by Turkish newspaper Sabah showing the faces of the 15 men taken at passport control

14 October, 2018

US State Secretary Mike Pompeo called Mnday on Riyadh to support a thorough investigation into the disappearance of the journalist.

In a statement, the SNPM voiced deep concern over Khashoggi's disappearance after entering the Saudi Consulate, calling on Moroccan journalists to join a planned rally outside the Saudi Embassy in Rabat on October 25 to pile pressure for knowing the fate of the veteran journalist.

"The recent disappearance of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi suggests that he could be a victim of a gross violation of internationally recognized human rights", the letter said.

Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said it would be time for the rethink its relationship with Saudi Arabia if it turned out Khashoggi was lured to his death by the Saudis.

The US resident has written articles over the past year during his self-imposed exile that were critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

'We're going to take a very serious look at it, it's a awful thing, ' Trump said.

"We would stop selling arms to Saudi Arabia in current circumstances until they changed their ways.We would be making it clear that we disagreed", she said. We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody.

His fiancée Hatice Cengiz has urged U.S. president Donald Trump to help "shed light" on his disappearance.

"Is it possible for there to be no camera systems at the Saudi Arabia consulate, where the event took place?", Erdogan was quoted as saying by Hurriyet.

The Turkish media on Wednesday revealed the identities of 15 Saudi Arabian nationals who were allegedly involved in the disappearance of a Saudi journalist at his country's consulate in Istanbul a week ago.

A Turkish security source had previously told Reuters that the 15 Saudis, including some officials, left the country later the same day.

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At 5:32 p.m., cameras show Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, outside the police barricades of the consulate, speaking into her cellphone.

Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, vanished on 2 October after visiting its consulate in Istanbul.

After three hours of waiting, Cengiz was told that Khashoggi had already left but she says "there's no proof that he came out".

Aksam said they left their hotel later in the morning.

Trump promised Friday to personally call Saudi Arabia's King Salman soon about "the bad situation in Turkey".

Pence did not indicate that either Turkey, which has launched an intensive investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance, or Saudi Arabia has sought USA assistance. Flake said that he planned to view information about Khashoggi's disappearance in a lock-up room known as a "Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility", or SCIF.

He had apparently drawn the wrath of the Saudi government, which has become an ever-closer USA ally under President Donald Trump.

"We need to look at an escalating list of actions that we can take in response to what the Saudis have done, assuming that that's proved to be true", Shaheen said.

On Wednesday, Turkish media outlets published CCTV footage, which they say shows evidence of a plot linked to Mr Khashoggi's disappearance. "If this happened, if they murdered this journalist who works for The Washington Post in a consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, that's a game-changer for me".

They haven't searched the consulate yet, as they have promised to do.

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