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Pompeo, Bolton, Kushner talk to Saudi crown prince about Khashoggi case

Pompeo, Bolton, Kushner talk to Saudi crown prince about Khashoggi case

The Trump administration is left with an awkward lack of information about a widely respected writer who had been living in self-imposed exile in the USA for the past year after fleeing a crackdown on intellectuals and activists in Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

Government sources said at the weekend that police believed Khashoggi was killed by a team specially sent to Istanbul, thought to consist of 15 Saudis.

Jamal Khashoggi is featured on a poster during a protest organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate on October 8, 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey.

At 1:14 p.m., Khashoggi is seen walking into the consulate, wearing a dark blazer and light pants. After a brief search, Turkish security officials, showing CCTV footage say, the two planes carrying the 15 Saudis departed Istanbul.

Khashoggi, 59, who was once close to the Saudi royal family and has served as an adviser for senior Saudi officials, left the country a year ago to live in the USA in self-imposed exile, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

While living in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi was told to stop writing or posting on Twitter, where he has more than 1.6 million followers. "And we're going to get to the bottom of it", Trump said.

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The Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of what it referred to as the "assassination squad", apparently taken at passport control at the airport. Sabah on Wednesday revealed the identities of what it called a "mysterious" 15-member "assassination squad" who were allegedly involved in Saudi writer and government critic Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance.

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It did not say how it obtained the pictures and data.

A surveillance video image showed Mr Khashoggi walking into the consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent area. Both hotels declined to comment on the report.

Trump also said he plans to invite Khashoggi's fiancee, Turkish national Hatice Cengiz, to the White House.

A map shows the van's route from the consulate to the nearby official residence of the Saudi consul general, where CCTV footage shows it arriving at 3:07 p.m.

The individuals checked into two hotels close to the consulate, the daily said. Shortly after midday it said several cars entered the consulate building. The footage shows Khashoggi entering the consulate on October 2.

Almost two hours later, the video shows two vehicles with diplomatic plates -a luxury black sedan and a black Mercedes VITO van- leave through the police barricades outside the consulate. Corker said he doubted accounts from Saudi officials that security cameras at the consulate did not record any images.

"I've never been more disturbed than I am right now", said Sen.

"Any country that makes such claims. just wants to display its support for the USA sanctions against Iran", Zanganeh was quoted as saying.

The law, enacted in 2016, requires the White House to launch an investigation into human rights violations anywhere on the planet if asked by the Senate Foreign Relations committee, with a 120-day deadline to submit a report and decide on imposing sanctions on "foreign person or persons" held responsible for "extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression", according to the letter.