Up­roar over journalist

Daily Dispatch - - Worldnews -

Turkey and the United States at the week­end ratch­eted up the pres­sure on Saudi Ara­bia to ex­plain how a journalist van­ished af­ter en­ter­ing its Is­tan­bul con­sulate last week, with US law­mak­ers warn­ing that mil­i­tary ties were at risk.

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump be­came more force­ful in his call for an­swers from Saudi Ara­bia but he also re­buffed calls from the US Congress to show more re­solve, say­ing he would not jeop­ar­dise arms sales to the close ally.

Khashoggi, a Saudi na­tional whose ar­ti­cles have crit­i­cised Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, has not been seen since Oc­to­ber 2 when he went to the con­sulate in Is­tan­bul to ob­tain of­fi­cial doc­u­ments for his up­com­ing mar­riage.

Turk­ish of­fi­cials have said he was killed – re­port­edly by a 15-man “as­sas­si­na­tion team” that ar­rived on two planes – but Riyadh in­sists that he left the con­sulate safely.

Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan, Saudi Ara­bia to pro­vide CCTV images to back up its ac­count.

“Is it pos­si­ble there were no cam­era sys­tems in a con­sulate, in an em­bassy?” he asked.

“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 telling Turk­ish re­porters. The con­sulate said CCTV cam­eras were not work­ing that day and dis­missed the mur­der claims as “base­less”.

JA­MAL KHASHOGGI

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