Trump says USA looking into Saudi journalist’s disappearance in Turkey

Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says UN expert

Khashoggi case should not be politicized, says UN expert

A man holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

Dana Ahmed said that if reports about Khashoggi's murder are true, the incident would be "an abysmal new low" for human rights in Saudi Arabia.

"It's a very sad situation, it's a very bad situation and we want to get to the bottom of it", said the president.

The Kentucky senator said that while there "may not be proof" yet that the Saudis had killed Khashoggi, there is still "enough to indicate that they were involved" in his disappearance.

Washington Post reports that USA intelligence intercepts reveal the crown prince of Saudi Arabia ordered Jamal Khashoggi to be lured and detained; Rich Edson reports from the State Department on the latest.

The worldwide implications of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance deepened after the "Washington Post" reported that United States intelligence was aware the Saudi government was planning to kidnap the journalist.

He also questioned assertions by Saudi authorities that the consulate does not have footage of Khashoggi leaving the building as the mission's security cameras only provide live footage and do not record images. Khashoggi contributed columns to the Post, including some critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Meanwhile, Trump told reporters in the Oval Office that he has a call in to Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who has appealed to the president and first lady Melania Trump for help.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman ordered an operation to detain missing journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi after luring him back to Saudi Arabia, The Washington Post reported.

Trump, who took his first overseas trip as US president to the kingdom and whose son-in-law Jared Kushner has close ties to Prince Mohammed, said Tuesday he had not yet talked to the Saudis about Khashoggi, "but I will be at some point", without elaborating.

Mr Khashoggi, a United States resident and critic of the Saudi monarchy, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and has not been seen since.

Saudi officials denied the allegations, saying the well-known opposition journalist left the building through another exit.

The Washington Post, where Khashoggi had been a regular contributor over the past year, also called for answers.

Earlier on Wednesday, Turkish media outlets published CCTV footage which they say shows evidence of a plot linked to Mr Khashoggi's disappearance. "We're looking at it very, very seriously". It was not clear, the report said, whether the Saudis meant to arrest and interrogate Mr. Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the US officials warned Mr. Khashoggi that he was a target.

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

Turkish police investigating the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi believe he was killed inside the consulate by 15 Saudis who visited October 2, and left the country the same day.

Paul also cited Saudi Arabia's intervention in neighboring Yemen's civil war.

Trump told reporters at the White House that he talked with the kingdom's leaders "more than once" since Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post contributor, disappeared on Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Such an assassination within the grounds of the consulate, which is territory under Saudi Arabian jurisdiction, would amount to an extrajudicial execution", she added.

Asked about the invitation, Cengiz told Turkish state broadcaster TRT on Thursday: "I am not thinking anything on this subject at the moment".

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