Turkey steps up pressure on Saudi Arabia over missing journalist

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz

Global pressure has mounted on close USA ally Saudi Arabia over the whereabouts of Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies who entered the consulate on October 2 to get documents for his planned marriage.

Saudi Arabia remained silent as the images, though not offering definitive proof about Khashoggi's fate, played across television networks in Turkey and around the world. We want to see what is going on. U.S. ties have always been anchored by energy interests, counter-terror cooperation and more recently by U.S. -Saudi military cooperation in the Yemen civil war. He left Saudi Arabia previous year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then wrote columns for the Washington Post.

Rubio is a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, which has called for an investigation into whether Saudi Arabia should face human rights sanctions under the Global Magnitsky Human Rights Accountability Act.

"I think that would be hurting us", Mr Trump said.

But 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 US.

The Washington Post cited several of Khashoggi's friends as saying that the prominent journalist had over the past months had been asked by senior Saudi officials close to return back home from the USA, offering him "protection" and "even a high-level job".

Mr. Trump told reporters earlier on Wednesday that his administration has been in contact with the "highest level" of officials in the Saudi government, and had asked about Khashoggi's disappearance.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered an operation to detain missing journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post reported.

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This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and made available on Oct. 9, 2018, claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Oct. 2, 2018.

Saudi officials have denied Kashoggi was killed within the consulate and say he left shortly after arriving to retrieve a document related to his upcoming wedding. You can't be killing Washington Post journalists.

"It's not intended though as a shot at them, it's meant to put in place.it's the forcing mechanism to ensure that we use all the resources available to get the bottom of this and if in fact at the very highest levels of Saudi Arabia they have been involved in doing this, that appropriate steps will be taken to sanction them", Corker added.

Republican Sen. Bob Corker, who as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has reviewed the US intelligence into what happened to Khashoggi, said "the likelihood is he was killed on the day he walked into the consulate". A senior Turkish official told the Times that they think Khashoggi was killed within two hours of entering the consulate, and that a team of Saudi agents then destroyed his body.

While the crown prince has been praised for modernizing some aspects of Saudi life, he has also been ruthless against his critics or anyone standing in the way of his rise to power.

The Post reported Wednesday evening that USA intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain Khashoggi. "I miss my friends and family very much", he told me.

"Such an assassination within the grounds of the consulate, which is territory under Saudi Arabian jurisdiction, would amount to an extrajudicial execution", she added.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the USA request for information and a thorough, transparent investigation.

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