Did Crown Prince Order Murder of Saudi Journalist?

Turkish newspaper names 15 Saudis in case of missing reporter

Khashoggi's Turkish fiance, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside, said he never re-appeared.

Turkish officials said they believed he was killed inside the consulate.

The United Nations human rights office has called on Turkey and Saudi Arabia governments to investigate.

He said nobody knows exactly what happened and expressed hope that Khashoggi is not dead. "We want to see what's going on". "I'm not happy about it", Trump said of Khashoggi's disappearance. "We have nothing to hide", he said in an interview with English-language Bloomberg news network. "This is a bad situation". "Our relevant agencies, our security forces, our intelligence agency, all of them, the foreign ministry — "work together" and we'll see the reports that our prosecutors prepare".

Increasing pressure on Trump to respond, a bipartisan group of USA senators on Wednesday triggered a US investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance using a human rights law. "I don't like hearing about it", President Donald Trump told reporters as he returned to Washington from Florida. He also called for at least a temporary halt in US military support for the Saudi bombing campaign against Iranian-backed rebels in Yemen.

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

Between 25 and 30 professional and non-professional journalists are now detained in Saudi Arabia, which is ranked 169th out of 180 countries in RSF's 2018 World Press Freedom Index.

Saudi Arabia, however, insists that Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he arrived.

The 59-year-old contributor to the Washington Post spent last year in the U.S.in self-imposed exile after he fled Saudi Arabia amid a crackdown on intellectuals and activists who criticized the policies of Prince Mohammed. The Washington Post, citing anonymous American officials it said were familiar with US intelligence, said the crown prince had previously ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him.

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October.

"They've got some explaining to do", he said of Saudi Arabia, adding he did not wish to rush to judgment. Saudi authorities have so far not commented on the 15 nationals reported to have come to Turkey. The men, pictured at passport control, reportedly flew to Istanbul on October 2 - the day Khashoggi disappeared into the Saudi Consulate in the city - and left later that day, using private jets.

According to Hurriyet daily, nine Saudis who arrived in Istanbul on the same day that the journalist vanished, had bought luggage at the Grand Bazaar.

But State Department spokesman Robert Palladino on Wednesday afternoon rejected the notion the USA government had any prior knowledge of a plot to capture or harm Khashoggi. The Post reported that USA intelligence had previously intercepted Saudi communications discussing a plot to capture Khashoggi.

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement that national security advisor John Bolton and Trump's senior advisor and son-in-law Jared Kushner had spoken about Khashoggi on Tuesday with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Khashoggi is a resident of the United States and has been living in Washington, D.C. The former editor-in-chief of a Saudi newspaper and then an advisor to Saudi government officials, in the a year ago Khashoggi had written columns critical of the Saudi goverment in the Post. A 2015 directive issued by the Director of National Intelligence mandated the US intelligence community "to warn USA and non-U.S. persons of impending threats of intentional killing, serious bodily injury, or kidnapping".

"To me.it feels very much some nefarious activity has occurred by them".

"Riyadh is our only rational (Arab) partner because they agree with most of our long-term goals", said Hussein Ibish, with the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence said on Wednesday the United States was ready to help in any way in the investigation.

Turkish authorities are telling journalists what they think happened, citing released video footage: that Khashoggi was the victim of a targeted murder.

A surveillance video image surfaced Tuesday showing Khashoggi walking into the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighbourhood.

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