Turks claim proof that Saudi writer mur­dered

Edmonton Sun - - NEWS - ZEKE miller AND SUZAN FRASER The Associated Press

WASHINGTON — Pres­i­dent don­ald trump de­clared Fri­day the u.s. will un­cover the truth about what hap­pened to jour­nal­ist and u.s. res­i­dent Ja­mal Khashoggi, whose pos­si­ble mur­der at Saudi hands af­ter dis­ap­pear­ing in Is­tan­bul has cap­tured world­wide at­ten­tion.

trump promised to per­son­ally call Saudi ara­bia’s King Sal­man soon about “the ter­ri­ble sit­u­a­tion in turkey.”

“We’re go­ing to find out what hap­pened,” trump pledged when ques­tioned by re­porters in cincin­nati where he was head­lin­ing a po­lit­i­cal rally.

Khashoggi, a force­ful critic of the Saudi gov­ern­ment, went miss­ing more than a week ago af­ter en­ter­ing a Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, and turk­ish of­fi­cials have said they believe he was mur­dered there. u.s. of­fi­cials say they are seek­ing an­swers from the Saudi gov­ern­ment and are not yet ac­cept­ing the turk­ish gov­ern­ment’s con­clu­sions.

the Saudis have called ac­cu­sa­tions that they are re­spon­si­ble for Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance “base­less.” Widely broad­cast video shows the 59-year-old writer and Washington Post con­trib­u­tor en­ter­ing the con­sulate on tues­day of last week, but there is none show­ing him leav­ing.

Sep­a­rately, Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo spoke to Khashoggi’s fi­ancee, Hat­ice cen­giz, the State de­part­ment said Fri­day.

No de­tails of the con­ver­sa­tion were re­leased.

In an in­ter­view Fri­day with the associated Press, cen­giz said Khashoggi was not ner­vous when he en­tered the Saudi con­sulate to ob­tain pa­per­work re­quired for their mar­riage.

“He said, 'See you later my dar­ling,' and went in,” she told the ap.

cit­ing anony­mous sources, the Post re­ported Fri­day that turkey’s gov­ern­ment has told u.s. of­fi­cials it has au­dio and video proof that Khashoggi was killed and dis­mem­bered.

The Associated Press has not been able to con­firm that re­port.

In writ­ten re­sponses to ques­tions by the ap, cen­giz said turk­ish author­i­ties had not told her about any record­ings and Khashoggi was of­fi­cially “still miss­ing.”

She said in­ves­ti­ga­tors were ex­am­in­ing his cell­phones, which he had left with her.

Saudi ara­bia says Khashoggi left the con­sulate.

He hasn’t been seen since, though his fi­ancee was wait­ing out­side.

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