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Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist

11 October 2018

Why it matters: The incident threatens a diplomatic crisis in Turkey's relations with Saudi Arabia.

It's been nearly a week since a prominent Saudi journalist vanished after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi officials have called claims that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate "baseless" but have yet to release any evidence that the writer left the building, despite repeated requests from Turkish officials. "I don't like hearing about it", Trump told reporters at the White House on October 8. He 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 wrote columns for the Washington Post.

Turkish security officials were working to identify the 15 individuals, English-language state broadcaster TRT World reported, adding that Turkish officials believe the Saudis may have taken the consulate's CCTV footage with them when they returned to Saudi Arabia.

"The ambassador was told that we expected full cooperation during the investigation", the source said.

Last year, Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia in fear of retribution, and he's been living in self-imposed exile in the U.S.

The US has intercepts of Saudi officials discussing a plan to lure journalist Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him, according to a US official familiar with the intelligence.

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In a new report, the newspaper said USA intelligence intercepts showed that Salman had ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia from his home in the US and then to detain him.

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Saudi officials insist he left through one of the consulate's doors. No evidence of him leaving the consulate has been made public, but Turkish officials also have yet to provide evidence he was kidnapped or killed.

"Forced disappearances are cases against human rights and we are here to condemn this crime committed against a journalist", Yurtsever said.

"We call for cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the circumstances of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to make the findings public", United Nations human rights spokeswoman Ravina Shamdasani told a Geneva news briefing. "I mean, you're affecting us and, you know, they're always quick to jump that way".

"If a bird flew, or a fly or a mosquito appeared, the systems would capture this; they (Saudi Arabia) have the most cutting-edge systems", he was quoted as saying.

The Turkish private NTV television said Ankara asked for permission for its investigators to search the consulate building, but a foreign ministry official would not confirm the report. It said they checked into two hotels in Istanbul on October 2, the day Khashoggi went missing, and left later that day.

Turkey to search Saudi Consulate for missing journalist