Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says United Nations expert

Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says United Nations expert

"Would be nice to definitively rule out that the Saudis are paying the president massive bribes in exchange for tacit approval for murdering critics!"

The Washington Post, citing U.S. intelligence, said the crown prince had ordered an operation to lure Mr Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman told Bloomberg News in an interview last week that Khashoggi had left the consulate shortly after entering it last week and that he was ready to let Turkey search the building. Saudi royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers and an autopsy expert were part of a 15-member team from the kingdom that targeted Khashoggi, Turkish media reported Thursday.

Pressure, meanwhile, mounted in Congress for the Trump administration to address the writer's disappearance. Khashoggi contributed columns to the Post, including some critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In an op-ed in the Washington Post on Tuesday, she implored the president and his wife to "help shed light on Jamal's disappearance".

According to one friend, Khashoggi told him "I don't trust them one bit" after a conversation with one such official.

"We want to see what's going on there", he said. I do hate to commit to what recourse we'd take at this.

Turkish media released police CCTV surveillance videos said to be of a Saudi "assassination squad".

The intelligence also poses a political problem for the Trump administration because it implicates Mohammed, who is close to Jared Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, the Post reported.

Khashoggi feared for his safety before he entered the Saudi diplomatic compound, and asked her to speak to leading Turkish officials if he did not come out of the consulate.

The Washington Post reported on Tuesday that before Khashoggi disappeared, us intelligence had intercepted communications in which the Saudis had been discussing a plot to abduct him.

A former United States intelligence official said the details in the intercepts do not indicate any intention to harm Khashoggi.

Earlier, security sources told TRT World one of the men was Salah Muhammed al Tubaigy who heads a "Forensic Evidence Unit" in Saudi Arabia's "General Security Directorate". "If this happened, if they murdered this journalist who works for The Washington Post in a consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, that's a game-changer for me". According to some reports, Ankara is considering the options of recalling its ambassador from Riyadh and expelling the Saudi envoy if the Saudis fail to provide a satisfactory explanation on Khashoggi's fate "within several days".

Saudi Arabia has repeatedly insisted that the allegations from Turkey are "baseless" and Mr Trump has been reluctant to criticise the regime, describing their relationship as "excellent".

Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., said if Saudi Arabia had lured a US resident into a consulate and killed him, "it's time for the United States to rethink our military, political and economic relationship with Saudi Arabia". The Washington Post contributor vanished last week while visiting the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Signs of such a challenge began to emerge Monday night when Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on the Saudis to "support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation".

The footage aired Wednesday begins by showing the 3:28 a.m. arrival on October 2 of one of two private Gulfstream jets that Turkish media say were carrying the 15 Saudis, who allegedly flew into and out of Istanbul on the day Khashoggi went missing.