‘Rogue killers’ may be to blame for Saudi writer’s death

Yolanda Curtis
October 18, 2018

Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post, has not been seen since entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month to get paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee.

"Canada has raised the issue directly with Saudi Arabia and we are talking about the issue with our allies", Freeland said Tuesday during a question and answer session at the Fortune Global Forum in Toronto.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited Saudi Arabia on Tuesday for talks with King Salman, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir.

The disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi brought top U.S. diplomat Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia today to hold talks with its rulers.

Before departing for Turkey, Pompeo said Saudi Arabia has committed to conducting a complete investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi. "They made a commitment to do that", he told reporters travelling with him after boarding the plane for Ankara.

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Asked whether they said Khashoggi was alive or dead, Pompeo said: "They didn't talk about any of the facts".

"Here we go again with, you know, you're guilty until proven innocent", he said.

Turkish officials reportedly hope on Wednesday to enter the Saudi consul's residence as part of their probe into the journalist's disappearance.

"It depends whether or not the king or the crown prince knew about it, in my opinion, number one, what happened, but whether or not they knew about it".

Khashoggi, a Saudi national who contributed to The Post and criticized policies of Salman's son Crown Prince Mohammed, has not been seen since October 2, when he went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain official documents for his upcoming marriage. "Saudi Arabia, if you're listening, there are a lot of good people you can choose, but MBS has tainted your country and tainted himself".

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The Saudi heir apparent wields considerable power in the kingdom and is being held responsible by many outside for whatever happened to Khashoggi.

But there has been mounting criticism of some of the prince's moves. The Saudi Arabia kingship was said to be very unhappy with his writings and moves to unite intellectuals and activists who supported democracy.

Turkish investigators were expanding their search to include the Saudi consul's residence in Istanbul and consulate vehicles, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Tuesday.

Turkish authorities have claimed that Jamal Khashoggi has been killed.

"The effort behind the scenes is focused on avoiding a diplomatic crisis between the two countries", said Ayham Kamel, the head of the Eurasia Group's Mideast and North African practice.

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He added that Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, has been in contact with his administration and may come to the White House. Both planes later returned to Riyadh with one stopping in Dubai and the other in Egypt, pro-government Sabah daily said.

"Whether we like it or not, the world needs Saudi Arabia ... if Saudi Arabia were to descend into the kind of chaos that's potentially there, it would make Syria look like a picnic", Horak told a Tuesday night meeting of the Canadian International Council in Ottawa. The New York Times reported that Prince Mohammed had approved an interrogation or abduction of Khashoggi and the government would shield him by blaming an intelligence official. Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment for this article.

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