Saudi and Turkish prosecutors meet over Khashoggi investigation

Larry Hoffman
October 30, 2018

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since 2 October and President Trump has confirmed that he will not cancel existing contracts with Saudi Arabia because it would cost United States jobs.

The raising pressure on Saudi Arabia to wind down its political and economic isolation of Qatar, according to three people familiar with the effort, as the kingdom continues to be buffeted by its role in the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"This incident, this assassination, took place in the Saudi consulate", Ms. Cengiz said, speaking through a translator.

Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of Mr Khashoggi's fate, but later said he had been murdered in a "rogue operation". "They need to explain", Hatice Cengiz, the fiancée of Khashoggi, said on Monday night.

In a veiled reference to US President Donald Trump - who has been vocal in his attacks on the press, Michelle Stanistreet, head of the UK's National Union of Journalists, described a "shocking level of state-sponsored impunity" for those who attack media workers.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had criticised Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, vanished after entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

Ms Cengiz, who was waiting outside, raised the alarm after her fiancé didn't reappear after ten hours.

"I and my government would like all those responsible, from the person who gave this order to those who carried it out, to be brought to justice and punished under worldwide law", she said.

She also said she has not been approached by the Saudi royal family or been offered condolences.

Sources have told MEE that Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and dismembered by a hit squad of 15 Saudis sent to Istanbul to kill him.

Turkish prosecutors have prepared a request for the extradition from Saudi Arabia of 18 suspects who were arrested by Riyadh as part of the investigation.

Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, delivered a heartfelt tribute to Khashoggi, whom she described as "the Saudi man who would not bow down".

"Certainly Turkey with the evidence that they have compiled will ensure that there is more than one review of what is going on there and I am certain the investigation will include the evidence that Turkey has put forward so far", Mattis said.

"He should not pave the way for a cover-up of my fiance's murder". "I want justice for my beloved Jamal".

They say they have audio and video evidence to support this claim.

Ms. Cengiz met Mr. Khashoggi in May at a conference in Istanbul and their relationship blossomed. But the decision to marry in Istanbul, whose mosques reminded Khashoggi of his hometown Medina, set off a paper chase that ultimately ended in death.

Under mounting worldwide pressure, Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, recently acknowledging that Turkish evidence shows it was premeditated.

"I found myself in a darkness I can not express", she said on Friday.

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