Published: Thu, October 11, 2018
Markets | By Jeffery Armstrong

Trump Administration Presses Saudis For Information On Missing Journalist

Trump Administration Presses Saudis For Information On Missing Journalist

Trump said Wednesday he talked to Saudi authorities "at the highest level" about Khashoggi, whom Turkish officials say may have been killed in a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week.

A string of reports on Tuesday added new, shocking details to the disappearance of journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, including accounts of Saudi agents wielding a bone saw and a plea from his fiancée that he be returned home. The men checked into hotels and left Turkey later that night.

Turkish officials fear that the team killed the writer, who was critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Adding to the macabre mystery, a Turkish official told the Associated Press that one member of the team was an "autopsy expert".

The kingdom has called the allegations "baseless", but has not provided any evidence that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate.

The video, shown on the state-run broadcaster TRT and others, did not offer definitive proof about Khashoggi's fate.

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Earlier this week, Indian officials said that they hoped India could secure a waiver from the United States, because it has significantly reduced purchases of Iranian oil.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also spoke to the crown prince to reiterate the US' request for information, Sanders said.

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Corker said he spoke to the Saudi ambassador to the United States about the situation, and was told that closed-circuit TV from the consulate did not record what happened. We're going to take a very serious look at it.

Trump added: "Nobody knows what happened yet".

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The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, revealed the identities of what it called a "mysterious" 15-member "assassination squad" who were allegedly involved in Mr Khashoggi's disappearance. The channel said the van then drove some 2 kilometers (1.2 miles) to the consul's home, where it parked inside a garage.

The footage all seemed to come from surveillance cameras, which would have been located throughout the neighborhood housing the Saudi Consulate and other diplomatic missions.

Turkish sources with knowledge of the investigation told MEE they believed Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and the Turkish authorities are considering digging up the garden to see whether his remains are buried there. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegations. "Jamal is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him", the Saudi consul-general, Mohammad al-Otaibi, said on Saturday after the consulate was opened up to Reuters journalists. The station did not cite a source for its report.

The Washington Post, where Khashoggi had been a regular contributor over the past year, also demanded answers. His Turkish fiance, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside, said he never re-appeared. He returned there October 2 after being promised the necessary paperwork so the two could be married.

Ms Cengiz wrote: "At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman said last week the NEOM business zone will build two to three towns each year starting in 2020 and be fully complete by 2025.

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The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that before Khashoggi disappeared, USA intelligence had intercepted communications in which the Saudis had been discussing a plot to abduct him. "It's a bad thing".

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