Reports Link Suspects in Khashoggi Case to Saudi Crown Prince

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London

Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi speaks at an event hosted by Middle East Monitor in London

He arrived at the consulate at 13:14 local time for an appointment to obtain paperwork so he could marry his Turkish fiancée.

Early on Thursday, investigators were seen leaving the Saudi consul's residence, about 200m (650ft) from the consulate, following a search that lasted nearly nine hours, according to Reuters news agency.

The Middle East Eye website quoted a Turkish source as saying that there was "no attempt to interrogate" Mr Khashoggi but the Saudi team had "come to kill him".

A French professional who has worked with the Saudi royal family identified a second suspect, Abdulaziz Mohammed al-Hawsawi, as a member of the security team that travels with the prince.

USA media and officials have called on Ankara to release the evidence, but the Turkish investigators have not done so yet.

The New York Times has confirmed independently that at least 9 of the 15 worked for the Saudi security services, military or other government ministries.

The Turkish government reportedly has audio recordings showing that Khashoggi was dragged screaming from the consul general's office, forced onto a table in a neighboring room and injected with an unknown substance.

The ultimate fate of Khashoggi - whose writings have been critical of powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - is still unknown, but leaks by anonymous Turkish officials have painted a picture of him allegedly meeting a grisly demise in the consulate at the hands of Saudi agents.

Asked in a Fox Business Network interview if Washington could abandon Riyadh, Trump said: "I do not want to do that".

But it will be hard for the young ruler to escape scrutiny, as mounting evidence points not only to the Saudi government's knowledge of Khashoggi's fate, but to Mohammed's connection to his disappearance.

Saudi Arabia publicly pledged the payment to support U.S. stabilisation efforts in northeastern Syria in August, but questions persisted about when and if Saudi officials would come through with the money.

The U.S. has asked Turkey for a recording that could reveal gruesome details of what happened to Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump said Wednesday.

Google Pixel XL 3 and Pixel 3 | Google products | Smart phones
Also while the Pixel 3 duo comes with the universal USB-C port, the iPhone XS and XS Max offer Apple's proprietary Lightning port. When you receive a call, you can tap a button that says "screen call" to have Google Assistant act as your personal secretary.

After speaking with the king, Trump floated the idea that "rogue killers" may have been responsible for the disappearance.

I hope that the Saudi King and Crown Prince didn't know about it (Khashoggi).

Adding to embarrassment for the petro-state's royals, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde became the latest to pull out of Prince Mohammed's much-trumpeted investment conference next week.

Other Western nations, although expressing concern about the incident, face a similar delicate situation in their dealings with the world's top oil exporter.

Even if the president doesn't come round to that view, the White House's relationship may be indelibly altered by Khashoggi's death.

President Donald Trump has criticized rapidly mounting global condemnation of Saudi Arabia over the mystery of a missing Saudi journalist, warning of a rush to judgment and echoing the Saudis' request for patience. A State Department spokeswoman later said Pompeo had not heard any such audio.

The investigators left the residence around 1:30 am, but some of them headed to the nearby consulate to conduct a search, which was continuing into the early hours of Thursday, October 18. The search by Turkish investigators included the roof and garage and the deployment of a drone over the area.

The Washington Post has released Jamal Khashoggi's final column before his disappearance--a powerful piece on the importance of free expression and a free press for the Arab world. The absence of that freedom, he wrote, means that Arabs "are either uninformed or misinformed".

One name matches a LinkedIn profile for a forensic expert who has worked at the interior ministry for 20 years. Others resemble officers in the Saudi Army and Air Force.

President Trump wrote: "He was with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.during the call, and told me that he has already started, and will rapidly expand, a full and complete investigation into this matter".

"Those are important elements of USA national policy that are in American's best interest and we just need to make sure that we are mindful of that as we approach decisions that the United States government will take when we learn all of the facts associated with whatever may have taken place", Pompeo said. From Iran and Iraq to Syria, Yemen and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the administration gambled that Saudi Arabia, effectively run by the prince, could credibly lead, and willingly pay for, a "Pax Arabica" in a part of the world from which Trump is keen to disengage.

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.