Saturday, 17 November, 2018

Turkish-Arab media group says Saudi journalist murdered

Dr. Muhammad bin Abdul Karim al-Issa Secretary General of the Muslim World League speaks at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy in May 2018 Turkey believes Saudi journalist was killed in consulate
Ray Hunter | 08 October, 2018, 11:24

File: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a rally in Istanbul on September 5, 2010.

"God willing, we will not be faced with a situation we do not want".

Other Turkish officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, told outlets that they believed Khashoggi had been killed.

The journalist went to the building but "did not come back out", police were quoted as saying by Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency.

The growing dispute over the journalist's fate threatens relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey. A Saudi delegation had arrived in Istanbul to assist with the investigation, the statement said. "The Saudis are saying we can come investigate, but they have of course disposed of the body", he said, adding that he believed Saudi statements about a lack of footage from security cameras were insincere.

Two months later, writing about the detentions of scores of Saudi royals, senior officials and businessmen accused of corruption, he said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dispensed "selective justice" and said there was "complete intolerance for even mild criticism" of the crown prince.

After several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the United States, from where he wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post and continued to appear on Arab and Western TV channels.

He fled Saudi Arabia in 2017 and has been living in Washington over concerns about the Saudi government's crackdown on dissenting voices, particularly intellectuals and journalists.

Vowing that Turkish police would solve the case, Yasin Aktay, the deputy chairman of Turkey's ruling AK Party, told CNN Turk on Sunday that Khashoggi's request for the documents were to be obtained "in normal ways". It said Saudi Arabia sent a team of investigators to help look into the case.

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He added that he was hopeful for a positive outcome.

Five days after a prominent Saudi journalist went missing at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, there are still more questions than answers.

Reporters Without Borders (RSF) said on Twitter that if reports of his death were confirmed, "this would constitute a horrific, utterly deplorable, and absolutely unacceptable assault on press freedom".

Analysts said that while the claim of a state-sponsored killing of the Washington Post contributor was unconfirmed, it would seriously damage the prince's credentials as a reformer if true.

"He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom".

The head of Saudi Arabia's diplomatic mission to Lebanon, Walid Bukhari, tweeted on Sunday that he believes the allegations the kingdom had killed Mr Khashoggi's were part of a "conspiracy".

Since becoming the heir to the throne past year, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, has touted his reform plans, promising to liberalize his country and earning plaudits from a host of American commentators. "Their foreign policy is based on a single doctrine: establishing the supremacy of Saudi Arabia in order to make it the sole arbiter of Arab affairs and the main point of entry for all global powers into the region", wrote Madawi al-Rasheed, a Britain-based academic and critic of the Saudi government, in a new collection of essays on the kingdom.

In addition, Mr Khashoggi has criticised Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen, where Riyadh is supporting the government in its war with rebels backed by Iran.

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