Saudi Arabia killing: Khashoggi chilling last column released as audio describes torture

Saudi Prince Had To Know Of The Plot In Journalist Case Say Experts

Saudi Prince Had To Know Of The Plot In Journalist Case Say Experts

On the same day of the disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while Khashoggi was still inside, according to Turkish police sources.

Meanwhile, the Washington Post has published the last column Mr Khashoggi wrote before his disappearance.

"I do think it's important that everyone. keep in their mind that we have lots of important relationships - financial relationships between USA and Saudi companies, governmental relationship, things we work on together all across the world", Pompeo said. "That means I'm not going back to Saudi Arabia as long as this guy's in charge". "This is the last piece of his I will edit for the Post", Attiah wrote.

Crime scene investigators concluded a second search of the consulate and the consul's residence overnight Thursday.

The woman, who is a Turkish citizen, called police when Khashoggi did not emerge at 5 p.m., after the consulate had officially closed.

Khashoggi, a onetime ally of the Saudi royal family turned critic, disappeared on October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to procure documents he needed to marry his Turkish fiancée.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, the progovernment daily paper Yeni Safak reported on Wednesday, saying it had heard audio recordings of the incident. Saudi Arabia's leader, King Salman, and his powerful son, the crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, have denied involvement.

Saudi Arabia, a key USA ally in the Mideast, is under pressure to explain what happened to Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor living in the US who had been critical of the crown prince.

In the column, the Saudi journalist argued in favor of a free press in the Middle East.

"He's implicitly recognized the right of Israel to exist", Toma points out, "and during the last couple of years, there's this sort of nearly a de facto alliance between Saudi Arabia and Israel".

Ms Attiah said the column was a flawless example of Khashoggi's commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world, which was "a freedom he apparently gave his life for".

"We encourage Turkish-Saudi collaboration and look forward to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia conducting a thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation, as announced".

Turkish authorities suspect Mr Khashoggi's killers may have disposed of his body by dissolving it in acid.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks to reporters while his plane refuels in Brussels, Belgium on October 17, 2018.

The New York Times had reported that Mutreb had travelled extensively with the Crown Prince, perhaps as a bodyguard. Trump said the United States has asked Turkey for any audio or video evidence.

The Trump administration has come under scrutiny for its response to the Khashoggi case.

Saudi Arabia, an oil rich monarchy and staunch USA ally, has long relied on its financial largesse to persuade partners to support its foreign policy objectives.

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