Saudi Journalist Disappears The Murder Investigation of the Century
Preliminary results from the investigation into the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi shows that he died in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials believe he was murdered by a team of Saudi agents inside the building and say they have evidence, including gruesome audio recordings, to back this up.
Jamal Khashoggi is recognized for being a successful writer who covered many famous stories such as the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan and the rise and fall of Osama Bin Laden for various Saudi news outlets.
A statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said eighteen Saudi nationals have been arrested so far in connection with Khashoggi’s death and said royal court adviser, Saud al-Qahtani and deputy intelligence chief, Ahmed Assiri have been fired from their positions. The White House responded in a statement that it “acknowledges the announcement from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia that its investigation into the fate of Jamal Khashoggi is progressing and that it has taken action against the suspects it has identified thus far.”
President Trump also commented on the incident saying, “We’re involved. Turkey is involved. This has been a horrible event. It has not gone unnoticed.” When asked about the Saudi announcement, President Trump also told reporters that “It’s a big first step” but, “We do have some questions” for the Saudis, and added “we’ll be working with Congress.” Trump has previously warned that there would be “very severe” consequences if Saudi Arabia is behind the disappearance of the journalist
“He did not mind walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul because he did not believe that something bad could happen on Turkish soil,” his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, wrote. “Jamal was hardly concerned” Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan have agreed to exchange information and co-operate in the investigation.