Jamal Khashoggi: what we know so far

Alicia Cross
October 12, 2018

Increasing pressure on Trump to respond, a bipartisan group of US senators on Wednesday triggered a USA investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance using a human rights law.

Social media sleuths identified another man from the squad as a senior crimes scene investigator in Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain papers for his pending marriage to Cengiz, who is Turkish. His disappearance has triggered a widening investigation by Turkish authorities, amid fears the journalist was killed inside the consulate.

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

But three USA law enforcement sources said that because Khashoggi is not an American citizen and disappeared outside the country, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has no automatic jurisdiction to get involved in the case and could only become involved if requested by a foreign government such as Turkey.

On Monday, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan urged the Saudi Consulate to prove whether or not Khashoggi exited the building after entering, saying the consulate officials "can't get away with (simply) saying "he left the building".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told Bloomberg News in an interview last week that Khashoggi had left the consulate shortly after entering it last week and that he was ready to let Turkey search the building.

President Donald Trump talked to "Fox & Friends" about the missing Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the possibility of Saudi Arabia's involvement, telling the show's hosts, "I don't like it at all". He'd been living in the United States in self-imposed exile.

A week after the disappearance of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, details about what happened to him at the Saudi consulate are beginning to emerge, along with indications that the US had information of a Saudi plot against him. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".

President Donald Trump told reporters at the White House on October 10 that he has spoken with Saudi Arabia officials and said he was "concerned" over the reports.

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Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi, a critic of Salman who has been living in self-imposed exile in the USA, was murdered October 2 inside the consulate when he went there to pick up documents to allow him to marry Cengiz, a Turkish national, or perhaps spirited away to Riyadh. Media also reported the possibility Mr Khashoggi was taken aboard one of the private planes.

The Post said it was not clear to officials with knowledge of the intelligence whether the Saudis discussed harming Khashoggi as part of the plan to detain him in Saudi Arabia.

"People who have long thought of themselves as Saudi's friends are saying this is a very, very serious matter".

The Washington Post printed a blank column in its newspaper on October 5, in solidarity with Khashoggi titled "A missing voice" and called on Crown Prince Salman to ensure he "is free and able to continue his work".

'Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow up call with the Crown Prince to reiterate the United States request for information. "It is not possible for us to remain silent regarding such an occurrence, because it is not a common occurrence", he said.

She had been waiting outside the consulate when her Khashoggi went inside.

"It points to the idea that whatever has happened to him, the Saudis - I mean, they've got some explaining to do", Corker said in a Daily Beast report.

'He walked into the consulate of Saudi Arabia, his native country, without doubting he would be safe there.

"The Yemen war is a proxy war with Iran", Graham said, adding that Yemen and Khashoggi are "two different things", a sentiment echoed by other Republicans.

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