Published: Fri, October 12, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish media claims footage identifies Saudi men behind disappearance

Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish media claims footage identifies Saudi men behind disappearance

The country has indicated it would allow Turkish authorities to carry out a search of the consulate.

A joint Turkish-Saudi team will investigate the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi upon the kingdom's request, Presidential Aide Ibrahim Kalın said late Thursday. The U.S. and Saudi Arabia concluded arms sale agreements worth more than $65 billion, from FY2009 through FY2016.

The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, has described the allegations as "malicious leaks and grim rumors" and said the kingdom is "gravely concerned" about Khashoggi.

WWE's continued business in Saudi Arabia remains a hot-button topic in professional wrestling, particularly with Crown Jewel (2 November) right around the corner, and PWTorch.com's Wade Keller has this week highlighted a damning new Washington Post article on current USA/Saudi relations. It has offered no evidence to support its claim the writer simply walked out of its consulate and vanished despite his fiancée waiting outside for him.

Turkish media released police CCTV surveillance videos said to be of a Saudi "assassination squad". Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked at a press briefing.

The other six flew in on commercial flights, according to a list obtained by Sabah, which also published their names and faces. Media also reported the possibility Mr Khashoggi was taken aboard one of the private planes.

It is said some of the men went into the Saudi consulate before Mr Khashoggi.

The Magnitsky Act is named for Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian lawyer who died in a Moscow prison after he reported tax fraud involving government officials. The reaction from European governments has also been cautious - in part because of uncertainty over whether strained relations between Ankara and Riyadh might have colored Turkey's reporting of events.

Saudi officials say Khashoggi left through an alternate exit, but have offered no proof to support that contention.

Erdogan was quoted by Turkish media on Thursday as telling journalists flying with him back home from a visit to Hungary that "we can not remain silent to such an incident".

"How is it possible for a consulate, an embassy not to have security camera systems?" Demanding an explanation on Khashoggi's fate "does not amount to enmity" against Saudi Arabia, he wrote.

When I asked him why he chose to live in the United States, he said America was the world's most powerful country, where one could feel the political pulse of the planet.

The Saudis wanted to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and lay hands on him there, this person said. "We are going to take a very serious look". I texted a few friends to inform them, and I asked about Jamal at the consular building.

Donald Trump has said the U.S. is being "very tough" in its bid to find out what has happened to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "We have a country that's doing probably better economically than it's ever done before", Trump said. "We're working with Turkey, We're working with Saudi Arabia", he said.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he talked with the kingdom's leaders "more than once" since Khashoggi, a United States resident and Washington Post contributor, disappeared on Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Murphy is part of a growing call in Congress to check US support - which includes aerial refueling and arms sales - amid reports Saudi airstrikes have killed civilians.

"The traditionally opaque methods used by Saudi Arabia to silence critical journalists constitute grounds for fearing the worst in the case of Khashoggi's disappearance", said Sophie Anmuth, head of RSF's Middle East desk.

"They're [the Saudis] spending $110bn on military equipment and on things that create jobs. for this country", Trump told reporters outside the White House.

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