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Saudi crown prince reportedly ordered op against missing journalist

Turkish daily names Saudis in Khashoggi case, raising pressure on... Saudi Arabia to let Turkey search consulate over missing journalist
Conrad Doyle | 11 October, 2018, 11:04

"People saw him go in and didn't see him come out".

He says he's spoken with the Saudis about what he called a "bad situation", but he did not disclose details of his conversations. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody". "We can't let this happen".

United Nations rights office spokeswoman, Ravina Shamdasani, on Tuesday echoed calls for "a prompt, impartial and independent investigation of the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to keep the findings public" in comments to journalists in Geneva.

They urged Trump to consider any information in the investigation "including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia".

"Frankly I think that would be a very very tough pill to swallow for our country".

Egyptian opposition politician Ayman Nour has expressed his concern for the safety of foreign dissidents in the wake of the alleged murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Mr Trump said that he wanted to invite Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, to the White House, in a step that is likely to be taken as a personal rebuke to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Arabia's effective ruler, who was previously regarded as an ally of the Trump administration.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., a longtime critic of the Saudi government, has said he'll try to force a vote in the Senate blocking US arms sales to Saudi Arabia. Sen. But it clearly shows that Saudi officials, including the ambassador in Washington, were not telling the truth when they denied the existence of the Saudi team. "We will continue to monitor this situation and provide updates as available", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said in a statement.

Trump made Saudi Arabia the first stop on his first foreign trip as president in May 2017, but in recent weeks has appeared to sour a bit on Riyadh, complaining directly to King Salman about the cost of American support for the Saudi military and for OPEC oil price increases.

Other names and photos of the 15, who Sabah said travelled on diplomatic passports, match officers in the Saudi Army and Air Force, as identified by previous Saudi media reports and in one case a Facebook profile.

While Riyadh claimed he had left the consulate after his visit, Turkish police said Khashoggi did not emerge from the building. As Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) told us on Wednesday, "The burden of proof is now on the Saudis" to show they were not responsible for Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stopped short of accusing Riyadh of killing Khashoggi, but the Times' report says he dispatched officials to speak anonymously to media outlets.

It was reported on Tuesday that the six cars that left the consulate, several hours after Khashoggi had entered, stopped for several hours at the nearby Saudi consul general's residence, a site that has now become a focal point of the investigation into what happened to him. "They can even catch bird or a mosquito with the advanced systems they have", the president said.

"And so to me it feels very much like some nefarious activity has occurred by them", Corker added, according to The Beast.

U.S. Senator Tim Kaine on Tuesday called for Trump to intensify investigation efforts over Kashoggi's disappearance.

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