Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist Khashoggi

Turkey summons Saudi ambassador over missing journalist Khashoggi

Erdogan told reporters on a flight back from Hungary that Turkey is anxious about the Khashoggi's disappearance. We're also joined by Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CodePink, who knew Khashoggi and is the author of "Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S. -Saudi Connection". It said they checked into two hotels in Istanbul on October 2, the day Khashoggi went missing, and left later that day.

A Turkish police source told the Middle East Eye that officials believe Khashoggi was "brutally tortured, killed and cut into pieces" while inside the consulate. Saudi officials have said that he left shortly afterward but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never appeared.

But other Turkish officials have said they believe that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents inside the consulate.

"We're being very tough and we have investigators over there and we're working with Turkey, and frankly we're working with Saudi Arabia".

"Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems?" Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the building last week.

Turkey has released no official findings into Khashoggi's disappearance, but people familiar with the Turkish investigation have said it concludes that he was killed inside the consulate soon after he entered.

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Diplomats said that so far no country has raised the issue of Khashoggi's disappearance before the UN Security Council. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed USA intelligence on the case, said it was likely that Khashoggi was killed the day he walked into the consulate.

Saudi Arabia, which has denied the accusations, is under huge worldwide pressure, including from the USA and the European Union, to support a "thorough and open" probe into the journalist's disappearance. However, all nine apparently checked out the same day and returned to the airport, where they flew on to the UAE.

U.S. President Donald Trump, in the first expression of concern by his administration on Khashoggi's disappearance, said he was troubled by reports about the journalist's fate. "We want to find out what happened", Trump told Fox & Friends programme on Fox News on Thursday.

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi crown prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally.

"We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to make the findings public", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing. Khashoggi is a Saudi citizen, a Washinton Post contributor, and perhaps most importantly, a critic of the House of Saud.

He also called for Saudi Arabia to provide evidence, like surveillance footage, that proves the journalist left the consulate building safely.

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