Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed
- Author: Rogelio Becker Oct 09, 2018,
Oct 09, 2018, 2:30
Erdogan said he would wait for the outcome of the current investigation before taking a decision. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying "he has left", Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest, Hungary, where he is on a two-day visit.
"If he left, you have to prove it with footage. Those who ask Turkish authorities, 'Where is he?' should first be asking, 'How did this happen?"'
Erdogan also said police officers were examining CCTV footage of entrances and exits at the consulate and Istanbul airport.
A senior police source told online news website Middle East Eye the journalist had been "brutally murdered, killed and cut into pieces". "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", one Turkish official told Reuters.
On Monday Turkey asked for permission to search Saudi Arabia's consulate for Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia's envoy to Ankara was summoned to the foreign ministry for a second time on Sunday.
The journalist went to the building to obtain official documents but "did not come back out", police were quoted as saying by Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency.
A lawmaker of the main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP) said on October 8 that Riyadh's statements on the case were "inadequate".
As of writing, nothing has been confirmed, yet any remaining hopes for his possible reappearance are being eclipsed by the growing likelihood that his killing was ordered by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Saudi officials have said denied the allegations, saying they are baseless.
Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman has brushed off comments from US President Donald Trump that Washington is "subsidising" the kingdom's military, Bloomberg reported Friday.
His disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.
"I have raised Jamal's disappearance personally with the Saudi ambassador, and while we await more information, know we will respond accordingly to any state that targets journalists overseas", he wrote.
A Turkish security source also told Reuters on Saturday that a group of 15 Saudi nationals, including some officials, arrived in Turkey onboard two planes on the same day of Khashoggi's disappearance.
"We demand from the global community to pressure Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Salman to tell us exactly what happened".
Yemeni activist Tawakkol Karman, the 2011 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, said it would be an "awful crime" if the claims of his death were true.
'His friends had warned him, 'Don't go there, it is not safe, ' but he said they could not do anything to him in Turkey, ' said Aktay.
"God willing, we will not be faced with an undesirable situation", Erdoğan said, calling Khashoggi "a journalist and a friend".
"Had this been Bush 41 and James Baker, even with their ties to the Saudis, Baker would have called up somebody and said, 'Look, we need to know now and we need to know exactly what your role is, ' " Miller said, referring to former president George H.W. Bush and his secretary of state. He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom, ' Hiatt said in a statement on the USA newspaper's website.
In a debate about bin Salman's reforms on Al Jazeera earlier this year, Khashoggi said "nobody will dare to speak and criticise" them.
On his Twitter account, Lindsey Graham said Riyadh must provide "honest answers", adding that his position is shared by fellow Senators Bob Corker, a Republican, and Ben Cardin, a Democrat.
In marked contrast, Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, issued a strongly worded statement.