Jamal Khashoggi: details of alleged Saudi hit squad emerge

Jamal Khashoggi: details of alleged Saudi hit squad emerge

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo then had a follow-up call with the crown prince to reiterate the US request for information.

The Washington Post reports that US intelligence intercepts outlined a Saudi plan to detain a prominent journalist and critic who disappeared a week ago.

Saudi officials have denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged murder, saying he left the consulate on October 2.

Britain and the USA are considering boycotting a major worldwide conference in Saudi Arabia after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the BBC reported on Sunday.

The Post, a newspaper to which Khashoggi contributed, cited unnamed USA officials as saying that Saudi officials had been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the U.S. state of Virginia, where he resided, and detain him.

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia a year ago saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Riyadh over the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent, and since then he wrote columns for the Washington Post.

Mr Khashoggi, a USA resident and critic of the Saudi monarchy, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and has not been seen since.

He had gone to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancée. "I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate".

The statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency on Sunday also warned that the kingdom will respond to any steps taken against it.

A private Turkish television channel close to the country's president has aired surveillance video of missing writer Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and a black van leaving later for the consul's home.

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"I think we'd be punishing ourselves if we did that", he said.

Cengiz and Khashoggi met at a conference in May, where they soon "became emotionally involved and chose to marry", she said. Is it possible for the Saudi Arabian consulate where the incident occurred not to have camera systems? The sale is a "tremendous order for our companies", and if the kingdom doesn't buy its weaponry from the United States, they will buy it from others, he said.

A joint statement of condemnation, if it is confirmed that Mr Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents, is also being discussed by United States and European diplomats.

"There's something really bad and disgusting about that, if that was the case, so we're going to have to see", Trump said.

"It's a very serious situation for us and this White House", Trump told reporters in the Oval Office.

"He said, 'See you later my darling, ' and went in", she said.

President Donald Trump and European leaders all have called on Riyadh to explain what happened to the 59-year-old journalist who has criticized the Saudi government.

President Trump warned the USA would inflict "severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia was behind his disappearance. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the worldwide community.

News channel 24 aired the video, suggesting that Khashoggi was inside of the black Mercedes Vito, which resembled one parked outside of the consulate when the writer walked in on October 2. Khashoggi is a critic of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince and the nation's de facto ruler Mohammad bin Salman.

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