President Donald Trump has vowed to “get to the bottom” of the case of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Mr Trump told reporters he had talked to the Saudi authorities “at the highest level” about Mr Khashoggi, BBC News reports.
Mohammed bin Salman, the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia, ordered that Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi be lured to that country from his home in the U.S. and detained, the paper reported Wednesday evening.
“We’re being very tough. And we have investigators over there and we’re working with Turkey, and frankly, we’re working with Saudi Arabia. We want to find out what happened. We cannot let this happen to reporters, to anybody. We will get to the bottom of this.
People saw him go in and didn’t see him come out. We’re going to take a very serious look at it. It’s a terrible thing” ~ President Trump
Khashoggi, 59, has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2. Turkish officials have said that they believe Khashoggi was murdered and dismembered inside the building by members of an elite “assassination squad.” Saudi officials say Khashoggi left through an alternate exit, but have offered no proof to support that contention.
“It’s pretty clear to me that something very bad happened to this man, 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.” ~ Sen. Lindsey Graham
According to the US media reports, Turkish investigators believe the journalist was murdered inside the Saudi Consulate. Saudi Arabia has denied the allegation, saying that the journalist left the consulate building.
Mr Khashoggi is a prominent journalist who has covered major stories, including the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the rise of Osama Bin Laden, for various Saudi news organisations.
He served as an adviser to top Saudi officials, but later fell out of favour with the government.
He went into self-imposed exile in the US last year, and has written a monthly column in the Washington Post in which he has criticised the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
In his first column for the newspaper, Mr Khashoggi said that he feared being arrested in an apparent crackdown on dissent overseen by the prince since he became first in line to succeed his father King Salman earlier that year. BBC News
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