Missing Journalist Khashoggi: The most important facts


Since the beginning of October, the Saudi’s gone cal, the Journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The critics of the regime had an appointment at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. What is so far about the case? The facts at a Glance.

Who is Jamal Khashoggi?

The Saudi Journalist, has made his articles on the Arab world and especially Saudi Arabia in English-language media a name.

In Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi worked for a long time as an editor and adviser to former intelligence chief Prince Turki al-Faisal. Due to its critical reporting about the Royal family and crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, he feared detention and moved a year ago in the United States.

The Journalist made Saudi Arabia for the ongoing war and destruction in Yemen, responsible, and Saudi-criticized ash’s attitude in a dispute with the canadian government. Critical Khashoggi also commented on the case of Hariri, Riyadh had exercised in the fall of 2017 massive pressure on the Lebanese Prime Minister.

For the prestigious Washington Post wrote Khashoggi comments and columns. About his Motivation, he wrote in September of 2017: “I left my house, my family and my work back and raise my voice. [..]Everything else would be a betrayal of all of us sitting in jail. While many can’t talk, I can make it.”

How did the Journalist?

Jamal Khashoggi was on 2. October against 13 o’clock to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, went to take care of the papers for the marriage with his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz. After his fiancée of seven and a half hours nothing heard from him, informed the Turkish police. The investigators evaluated the camera records in and around the Consulate building and launched on Saturday an official investigation.

Eli Lopez, editor in chief for International, the Washington Post, said in a written statement on Tuesday that the Journalist was out of reach.

The news Agency Reuters speculated in the meantime, a murder of Khashoggi in the Consulate building. The Agency relies on the testimony of two is not referred to Turkish security officials, were convinced that “there was a murder plan, and the corpse was brought out of the Consulate”.

Also from Turkish security circles want to have to learn to Reuters that prior to the Disappearance of the journalist 15 Saudi agents in the two aircraft had traveled to Istanbul. These men, whose alleged identities revealed Turkish media, had left the country a short time later.

What is the Turkish authorities say?

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that he and Khashoggi were old friends, and referred to the studies of Turkish investigators. Erdogan called on the Saudi authorities to prove that Khashoggi had to leave the Consulate.

The Turkish foreign Ministry announced that the Saudi cooperated with authorities and investigations would be approved at the Consulate.

What is the reaction of Saudi Arabia to the allegations?

The Saudi authorities deny any suspicion in the case of Khashoggi. The Saudi heir to the throne Prince Mohammed bin Salman, said the TV channel Bloomberg that he had to hide “nothing” and it will allow the Turkish authorities ‘ investigations in the Consulate.

The Saudi Consulate in Istanbul denied via Twitter the suspicion that Khashoggi had been murdered at the Consulate.

What is great international pressure?

So far, the US government, the European Union (EU) and the United Nations (UN) to the case of Khashoggi.

US President, Donald Trump declared on Monday to journalists in the White house, he was “worried”.

US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo called on the Saudi government to assist in the investigations in the case of Khashoggi and to publish the results.

EU chief diplomat Federica Mogherini expects the Saudi authorities for transparency in the investigation.

What are the consequences of the case for the bilateral relationship?

Even if there is currently no crisis between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, is the relationship between the two countries for some time, cold and distant.

The Turkey had commanded the Muslim brothers in Egypt, who had been ousted in a coup in 2013, protection. The leadership in Riyadh is one of the biggest supporters of President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi, who was instrumental in the coup against the Muslim brotherhood responsible. In 2014 Saudi Arabia began the organization of the Muslim brotherhood on the list of terrorist organizations.

Disagreements also exist in relation to the Palestinian Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip. While Turkey is one of the leadership of Hamas to their conversation partners, the city of Riyadh is considerably more distant.

Also in relation to Iran, the two countries are in different Camps. Riad viewed Tehran as the biggest enemy in the Region. Ankara looks for the proximity to the Iranian leadership.

In June 2017 imposed four Arab countries under the leadership in June of 2017, a diplomatic and economic Blockade against Qatar. Turkey supported then Qatar with food and military and was thus the Riad.