Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Trudeau has 'real concerns' about disappearance of Saudi journalist Khashoggi

Trudeau has 'real concerns' about disappearance of Saudi journalist Khashoggi

President Trump's suggestion that "rogue killers" may be responsible for Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance suggests he may let Saudi Arabia off the hook for another violation, said Sarah Leah Whitson of Human Rights Watch.

"If they don't buy it from us, they're going to buy it from Russian Federation or they're going to buy it from China", he said. According to CNN, the report will likely claim the interrogation was conducted without clearance or transparency. Over the past week, the idea that President Donald Trump's "enemy of the people" comment about biased media led to Khashoggi's disappearance became a talking point of the Left.

Trump dispatched Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to meet King Salman over the case that has strained the Americans' relationship with the Saudis, carefully cultivated by the US president.

Seasoned observers of Middle East politics, including some at senior levels of the Turkish government, have speculated for days about the likelihood that the royal court would seek to accuse a "rogue" operator within the Saudi security services of killing Khashoggi. "And he firmly denies that".

Turkish forensics arrive to the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul on October 15, 2018 to search the premises in the investigation over missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish police investigators entered the Istanbul consulate late on Monday.

However, the White House brushed aside the Saudi threats, pledging a "swift, open, transparent investigation" into the journalist's disappearance. The inspection came less than a day after Erdoğan spoke to King Salman on the phone.

US officials have also said that the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohammed bin Salman, ordered an operation to lure Khashoggi from his home in Virginia back to Saudi Arabia and then to detain him, according to USA intelligence intercepts of Saudi officials discussing the plot.

"This is the same King Salman who told me after 9/11 that the 9/11 attacks were an Israeli plot", Jordan said. "We're going to get to the bottom of it and there will be severe punishment".

Meanwhile, more leading business figures say they will not attend a major investment conference in Riyadh later this month.

The statement did not elaborate but a column published in English a short time later by the general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya satellite news network suggested Saudi Arabia could use its oil production as a weapon.

Asked when the public prosecutor could make an announcement, the official said: "He was instructed to work quickly".

"It sounded like he, and also the Crown Prince, had no knowledge", he said.

In a sign of new cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia that could shed light on the disappearance, Turkish investigators wearing coveralls and gloves entered the consulate Monday.

The Saudi Arabian journalist was declared missing last week after he did not emerge from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after 11 hours.

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