The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

A Turkish security source told Reuters that a group of 15 Saudi nationals, including some officials, had arrived in Istanbul in two planes and entered the consulate on the same day Khashoggi was there, and later left the country.

On September 28, he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get marriage documents related to his planned marriage to his fiancé, a Turkish citizen, Hatice (Khadija) Cengiz.

The Saudis have called the allegations "baseless", insisting Khashoggi left the building through an exit that wasn't the main building.

While living in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi was told to stop writing or posting on Twitter, where he has more than 1.6 million followers.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Saudi Arabia to support a thorough, transparent investigation.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN. "‎As the President has conveyed, the United States is concerned by his disappearance".

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Trump added that he hadn't spoken to Saudi officials on the matter, but was planning to "at some point".

Turkey's Foreign Ministry says authorities will search Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul in connection with the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée implored President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump "to help shed light on" his disappearance in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Tuesday evening.

"I am concerned about it".

Erdogan added in a news conference in Hungary, the country he is visiting, on Monday: "I have given my orders to the intelligence services, the Ministry of Justice, the prosecution and the police to take the necessary measures and gather information about Jamal Khashoggi and then reveal them". "And hopefully, that will sort itself out", Trump said. "Right now, nobody knows anything about it", he said.

After several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the USA, from where he wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post and continued to appear on Arab and Western TV channels.

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Mr Khashoggi, 59, went missing while on a visit to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.

A Washington Post columnist and prominent newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi mysteriously vanished last week. Violence against journalists across the globe is a threat to freedom of the press & human rights.

While Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has demanded Saudi Arabia prove their assertion that the journalist left the consulate, he has so far refrained from giving credence to claims that Khashoggi is dead, saying he will wait for an official probe. "It is not possible for us to remain silent regarding such an occurrence, because it is not a common occurrence", he said.

Turkish prosecutors have begun an investigation into the case, officials said on Saturday, and a spokesman for Erdogan's AK Party said authorities would uncover his whereabouts.

He said he was personally following the case but had no new evidence to table. He also said the USA was working "very closely" with Turkey, "and I think we'll get to the bottom of it". The Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations allows for consulates to be searched by authorities of a host country with consent of the mission chief, he said.

Searches of diplomatic buildings are incredibly rare - under global law, the grounds of an embassy or consulate are considered to belong to the country that is represented there, not the host nation. As shocking as Khashoggi's case is, she said, her overriding concern is that Trump, with his frequent attacks on "the fake news media" in America, "sets the overall tone that the U.S. doesn't really value press freedom".

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