Khashoggi's fiancée asks Trump to 'shed light' on his fate

The Post, citing anonymous US officials familiar with the intelligence, said Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia to Saudi Arabia and then detain him.

Saudi Arabia says it rejects any "threats" of economic sanctions or political pressure after President Donald Trump's comments on the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi.

The journalist who vanished last week after entering the Saudi Consulate in Turkey was working on launching an organization that would promote democracy in the Middle East, including Saudi Arabia, a report said Wednesday.

A Turkish security source has told the BBC that officials had audio and video evidence proving Mr Khashoggi, who wrote for the Washington Post, was murdered inside the consulate.

Paul said he hopes Khashoggi's disappearance " motivates everybody to reassess our kinship and everything we do with Saudi Arabia".

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident for about the past year, has written articles critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "It is not possible for us to remain silent regarding such an occurrence, because it is not a common occurrence", he said. "And you know what, there are other ways of punishing", he said.

Turkish TV has already broadcast CCTV footage of the moment Mr Khashoggi walked into the consulate for an appointment at which he was due to receive papers for his forthcoming marriage to Ms Cengiz. They claimed that senior Saudi officials had approached the journalist with offers of protection - including a government job in at least one case - if he would return to his native country.

However, Khashoggi's fiancée Hatice Cengiz has said that words alone won't be good enough if he has been murdered.

Turkey has focused much of its investigation on 15 Saudi nationals who arrived in Istanbul on two flights the same day as Khashoggi was at the consulate. "We're demanding everything. We want to see what's going on there", Trump said.

Groups of men thought to be Saudi are seen entering Turkey via Istanbul airport, checking in at hotels and later leaving the country.

The Sabah newspaper, which is close to President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, identified the team members, including several alleged security officials, and published photos of each of them, apparently taken at passport control.

"What was explained to us is this: "He was killed, make your funeral preparations", Kislakci said.

Trump, speaking to reporters in the Oval Office, said he's spoken "more than once" with the Saudis in recent days but didn't provide details of the conversation.

Murad Sezer / Reuters Human rights activists and friends of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi hold his pictures during a protest outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. It was published by a Turkish newspaper yesterday.

Meanwhile, Kemal Kilicdaroglu, the leader of Turkey's main opposition Republican People's Party (CHP), has called upon the government to expel Saudi Arabian diplomats in light of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said Tuesday that Saudi authorities have notified Ankara that they were "open to cooperation" and would allow the consulate building to be searched.

Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Prince Mohammed, who has led a widely publicized drive to reform the conservative Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.

  • Tracy Klein