Publicado: Jue, Octubre 11, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Jeremy Hunt warns Saudis over Khashoggi disappearance

Khashoggi, 59, went missing last week after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkish capital Istanbul to collect paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee. As a columnist for the Post, Khashoggi was a frequent critic of the Saudi regime.

Turkish authorities are examining motorway cameras in the search for a black van they believe carried the body of Jamal Khashoggi from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week - one of six cars investigators say belonged to a Saudi hit squad thought to be behind the suspected murder of the dissident journalist.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg News last week that Mr Khashoggi had left the building shortly after entering it.

Turkish officials said they had concrete evidence missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, with a friend of the prominent writer saying they think he might have been dismembered.

A long-time critic of the Saudi government, Paul said he hoped Trump would reconsider his friendly policy towards Saudi Arabia "if there's any evidence they killed this journalist".

"We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.

A Sunni power, Saudi Arabia is also annoyed by Ankara's rapprochement with the kingdom's Shiite archrival, Iran.

Protesters gathered outside the Saudi consulate Monday demanding to know what had happened to Khashoggi.

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Daily Sabah, a Turkish newspaper with close ties to government, namedand published photos on Tuesday of the alleged 15-member Saudi assassination team accused of travelling to Istanbul on the day Khashoggi disappeared. "Why don't you prove it, you have to prove it".

The Trump administration had been largely silent on the matter until Monday, when President Donald Trump said he was "concerned" about it in response to a question from a reporter.

However, the release overnight of the names of 15 men whom Turkish officials say were part of the squad who killed Khashoggi has set crowdsourcing sleuths, scattered across the globe and working through the night, into a frenzy.

Turkish authorities have claimed they have surveillance camera video of Khashoggi entering the consulate but never leaving.

Saudi Arabia's Ambassador to the United States Prince Khalid Bin Salman has responded to what he termed as "grim and malicious" rumors over the investigation surrounding the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "The Saudi authorities have notified that they are open to cooperation in this regard and that the examination can be conducted in their consular buildings in Istanbul".

The news agency, quoting a diplomatic source said, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Ankara Waleed A M Elkhereiji was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry on Sunday. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar previous year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

The Turkish reports contradict statements made by a source close to the Saudi royal family who told that Khashoggi may still be alive. 'I don't like hearing about it and hopefully that will sort itself out. "Right now, nobody knows anything about it, but there's some pretty bad stories going around".

The UN's human rights office has said it would be "truly shocking" if the grisly reports coming from Turkish officials are confirmed.

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