Turkey asks permission to search Saudi consulate for missing journalist
Oct 10 2018
Knowledgeable sources say that he had come to collect some documents from the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul with regard to his impending marriage to a Turkish woman called Hatice Cengiz, who disclosed that she was waiting outside the Consulate but Khashoggi never came out.
The image released on Tuesday bore a date and date stamp. "We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are following them closely", the official said.
He visited the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documentation to finalize his divorce; his Turkish fiancée waited for him outside the building, and reported him missing after he didn't return.
"We are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", he said.
The Washington Post said it would be a "monstrous and unfathomable act" if he had been killed. Donald Trump commented on the disappearance in his press conference yesterday, saying "I do nor like it" and expressing hope that the issue will "sort itself out".
The disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has sent a chilling message to dissidents overseas, stoking fears among activists of a broadening crackdown beyond the kingdom's borders. "If he left, you must prove this, you will prove this, even if it's with visuals".
"The consulate building will be searched in the framework of the investigation", Aksoy said in a written statement.
His disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
Flight records show that a Gulf Stream IV private jet, tail number HZ-SK2, landed in Istanbul at 3am on October 2, the day Khashoggi disappeared.
Saudi Arabia on Sunday denied reports that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing earlier this week, was killed at the country's consulate in Istanbul, as reported by several global media.
Ben Saul, Professor of International Law at the University of Sydney, says that a host state can not interfere with consulate communications, and crates are deemed to be "diplomatic bags". Among other things, as MBS toldBloomberg, the visit prompted Riyadh to commit to buying more than 60 percent of its weapons in the next decade from Washington. Erdogan said of the consular officials at a news conference in the Hungarian capital, Budapest. Then why do you not prove this?
Turkish officials summoned the Saudi ambassador for the second time on Sunday, telling the envoy it expected "full cooperation" in its investigation.
"We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation", Pompeo said in a statement. Saudi Arabia is also unhappy about Ankara's growing proximity to the kingdom's Shiite rival, Iran. I don't like hearing about it.
'There's some pretty bad stories about it.
"If media reports from the weekend regarding Mr Khashoggi's case prove correct, that would be extremely concerning and the UK will treat the incident very seriously - friendships depend on shared values", a spokesperson for the UK Foreign Office said. While the oil-rich kingdom is spending millions of dollars to paint the crown prince as a reformist moderate, Congress is increasingly concerned over the humanitarian impact of the US-backed Saudi-led war in Yemen while Trump himself has ripped Riyadh amid rising oil prices.