Published: Wed, October 10, 2018
Entertaiment | By Lawrence Myers

Photos allegedly show 'assassination squad' sent for Jamal Khashoggi

Photos allegedly show 'assassination squad' sent for Jamal Khashoggi

Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah said on Wednesday it had identified a 15-member intelligence team it said was involved in the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The State Department didn't respond to Fox News request for a comment. It was unclear from this whether Saudi Arabia wanted to then kill him or arrest him, or if USA officials made Khashoggi aware of this, the source said.

His message struck a nuanced tone in the USA, where he tried to acknowledge the reforms undertaken by Bin Salman while also highlighting the flaws.

This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet and made available on Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018 claims to show Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 2, 2018.

Sabah revealed the times the Saudi nationals arrived and left Istanbul.

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"Two possibilities, either he was killed at the consulate and his body transported out on to the planes onward to Dubai/Cairo - then Riyadh, or he was abducted at the consulate and renditioned back to Saudi Arabia".

The Saudi-born Khashoggi, whose writings were critical of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, went missing on October 2 after he entered the consulate, where Turkish officials claim he was murdered and his body removed.

Officials also say they had become aware that Khashoggi may have been kidnapped before the second plane had departed, and monitored seven Saudis in a waiting room as they checked their luggage for a second time. The person who provided the video said authorities are aware of that fact and said that one of the camera's timers was not accurate. It was not clear whether the Saudis meant to arrest and interrogate Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the United States warned Khashoggi that he was a target, this person said. The other to Cairo, also finally to the Saudi capital.

"He did not mind walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul because he did not believe that something bad could happen on Turkish soil". Social media profiles of some of the alleged suspects link them to elite arms of the Saudi security apparatus.

But he left Saudi Arabia in 2017, fearing censorship and possible detention at the hands of the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. Khashoggi lived in self-imposed exile in the United States. Some Turkish politicians have moved to downplay the Saudi's role in the disappearance.

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"It is like Pulp Fiction", one official told the Times. The two soon agreed to marry, but in order to do so he needed to finalise his divorce with his first wife in Saudi Arabia.

At 5:32 p.m., cameras show Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, outside the police barricades of the consulate, speaking into her cellphone. She acknowledged the writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger".

Saudi Arabia to allow Turkey to search consulate for Jamal Khashoggi; State Department correspondent Rich Edson reports. The kingdom dismisses the allegation as "baseless".

Riyadh and Ankara have also differed on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Saudi Arabia has unofficially backed the so-called USA "deal of the century", whereas Turkey has condemned the Trump administration's attempt to "force a deal on the Palestinians".

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