Jamal Khashoggi: Turkish media says video shows disappearance plot
Turkish media outlets have published CCTV footage which they say shows evidence of a plot linked to missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
It shows purported Saudi intelligence officers entering and leaving Turkey through Istanbul airport.
Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi monarchy, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and has not been noticed given that.
Turkish authorities say Mr Khashoggi was killed. Saudi Arabia denies this.
What else does the video show?
Broadcast by Turkey’s TRT World channel and apparently garnered from safety cameras, the footage shows automobiles driving up to the consulate, such as black vans thought to be central to inquiries.
Groups of Saudi males are observed entering Turkey by means of Istanbul airport, checking in at hotels and later leaving the country.
Turkish investigators are hunting into two Saudi Gulfstream jets that landed at the airport on 2 October. The video shows aircraft waiting on the tarmac.
Mr Khashoggi was visiting the consulate to finalise his divorce so he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.
He is noticed on the video entering the consulate. His fiancée waits outdoors.
Turkey’s Sabah newspaper reports that it has identified 15 members of an intelligence group it says was involved in the Saudi’s disappearance. Amongst them was a forensics specialist, it says.
Police are reported to be examining 150 security cameras as portion of their investigation.
Some neighborhood media have also been reporting that Mr Khashoggi might have been abducted rather than killed.
Turkey says it will conduct a search of the Istanbul consulate, whilst Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said the country was “open to co-operation” and a search of the creating could go ahead.
Ankara is demanding that Saudi Arabia prove he left, while not delivering definitive proof to support the claim he was killed inside.
Who is Jamal Khashoggi?
A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the US and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post prior to his disappearance.
A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper and a brief-lived Saudi Television news channel, he was for years observed as close to the Saudi royal loved ones. He served as an adviser to senior Saudi officials.
But right after several of his friends had been arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to cease tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the US.
What has the international reaction been?
The UK’s foreign secretary told Saudi Arabia that Britain expects urgent answers over the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, it emerged on Tuesday.
In a telephone contact to Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, Jeremy Hunt warned that “friendships depend on shared values”.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo referred to as on Saudi Arabia to “help a thorough investigation” of his disappearance and “to be transparent about the outcomes”.
UN authorities have demanded a “prompt independent and international investigation” into his disappearance.
Final week, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed told Bloomberg News that his government was “very keen to know what occurred to him”, and that Mr Khashoggi had left “soon after a couple of minutes or 1 hour”.
Crown Prince Mohammed’s brother and the Saudi ambassador to the US, Prince Khaled bin Salman al-Saud, has insisted all the reports about his disappearance or death “are entirely false and baseless”.
How has Khashoggi’s fiancee reacted?
Hatice Cengiz has appealed to the US for aid in an emotional article in the Washington Post.
“I implore President Trump and 1st lady Melania Trump to support shed light on Jamal’s disappearance,” she wrote.
“We had been in the middle of producing wedding plans, life plans,” when he vanished, she said.
“Jamal is a worthwhile individual, an exemplary thinker and a courageous man who has been fighting for his principles. I never know how I can hold living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey.”
Published at Wed, 10 Oct 2018 13:35:18 +0000