Tuesday, 16 October, 2018

Saudi crown prince ordered operation against missing journalist

Jamal Khashoggi vanished following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 Jamal Khashoggi vanished following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2
Elsie Buchanan | 11 October, 2018, 11:05

He disappeared in December 2017, but his detention was not revealed until his conviction and sentence were announced in the kingdom, the organisation added.

Saudi Arabia has denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance and said he left the consulate shortly after he entered last Tuesday.

The US peace group Code Pink mounted a protest in front of the Saudi Embassy in Washington Wednesday, brandishing signs saying "Where is Jamal Khashoggi?" and "Khashoggi: Another Victim of Saudi Violence". But Riyadh insisted the 59-year-old journalist had left the building and the murder claims were "baseless".

A former senior intelligence official who did not want to be named told The Washington Post: "Capturing him, which could have been interpreted as arresting him, would not have triggered a duty-to-warn obligation". The obligation applies regardless of whether the person is a USA citizen. He was hoping to take care of all necessary paperwork before returning to Washington.

The Tennessee Republican, who chairs the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, says he has also spoken with the Saudi ambassador to the U.S. Yet he noted that there was no warrant for his arrest in his native country.

"If there was any truth to the allegations of wrongdoing by the Saudi government it would be devastating to the US-Saudi relationship and there will be a heavy price to be paid - economically and otherwise", Graham wrote on Twitter.

'He was, however, increasingly anxious about an unprecedented wave of arrests in his country'. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying, 'He has left, '" Erdogan said earlier in the week.

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He is also a former editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan and had worked with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a grandson of the first Saudi king who was detained past year as part of what the authorities said was an anti-corruption campaign.

It would be a violation of global law to harm, arrest or detain people at a diplomatic mission, he said, and noted that no such thing had ever happened in Turkey's history. "I am concerned about it". "But as I said yesterday, the free world deserves answers".

NY magazine's Olivia Nuzzi scored the interview of a lifetime Tuesday, when White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders roped her in to the Oval Office for a private press briefing with President Trump, Chief of Staff John Kelly, Vice President Mike Pence, and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Police were seen entering the consulate yesterday but it is understood the Saudis rescinded an offer to allow forensic experts onto the premises after details of the Saudi identities emerged.

In recent days, I've witnessed the work of the Turkish authorities as they monitor the situation closely.

Mr Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after entering his country's consulate to obtain official documents ahead of his marriage to his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz. "It is a bad thing", Mr. Trump said, about whether he believed the Saudi government had authorized the killing of Khashoggi.

USA intelligence officials reportedly intercepted communications that the Saudis discussed a plan to lure and capture Khashoggi before his disappearance. Jamal is a valuable person, an exemplary thinker and a courageous man who has been fighting for his principles. I know what everybody else does: "nothing".

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