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Saudi government planned Jamal Khashoggi hit: NY Times

10 October 2018, 05:27 | Myron Mathis

15 suspects, video footage offer new clues in case of missing Saudi reporter

Hatice Cengiz, the Turkish fiancée of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and her friends wait in front of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Turkey

Saudi officials denied the allegations, calling them "baseless", and saying the journalist left their premises.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, revealed the identities of what it called a "mysterious" 15-member "assassination squad" it said was involved in Khashoggi's alleged death.

Worldwide media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders on Wednesday called for an independent global investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi - the Saudi journalist who has been missing since October 2 - saying his disappearance has come amid "a particularly harsh and opaque crackdown on Saudi journalists and bloggers".

A surveillance video image surfaced on Tuesday showing Khashoggi walking into the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood.

Stills of the airport show the men arrived from Riyadh to Istanbul in two private jets with the tail numbers HZ SK1 and HZ SK2, the Daily Sabah reported.

Istanbul police experts were analyzing vehicles that entered and left the consulate, some of which were then seen on camera on October 2 at the consul-general's residence, 200 meters away, the report said.

"In most cases, their arrests have never been officially confirmed and no official has ever said where they are being held or what they are charged with", RSF, which defends press freedom around the world, said in a statement.

Riyadh has said Khashoggi left the consulate after his visit.

Mr Khashoggi arranged to come back on 2 October and arrived at 13:14 local time for his appointment, which was scheduled for 13:30.

15 suspects, video footage offer new clues in case of missing Saudi reporter

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in the United States since past year fearing possible arrest.

A string of reports on Tuesday added new, shocking details to the disappearance of journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi, including accounts of Saudi agents wielding a bone saw and a plea from his fiancée that he be returned home.

"I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate", she wrote.

In Istanbul, Khashoggi met his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, a PhD student who had met Khashoggi at a seminar. "We call for an independent global investigation to determine as quickly as possible what has happened to Khashoggi".

CCTV footage broadcast by Turkish TV appears to show groups of Saudi men entering the country via Istanbul airport and then checking in to the hotels.

Activists, members of the Human Rights Association Istanbul branch, holding posters with photos of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, talk to members of the media, during a protest in his support near the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 9, 2018.

Before Khashoggi disappeared, U.S. intelligence intercepted communications of Saudi officials discussing a plan to grab him, the Washington Post reported.

The fiancée of a missing Saudi contributor to The Washington Post is asking President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump to "help shed light" on his disappearance. All we do know is he's disappeared, and that Turkish investigators will now search the consulate.




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