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News code: 26380
Published Date: Monday 8 October 2018 - 11:15:21

UN demands probe into Saudi journalist’s disappearance

UN demands probe into Saudi journalist’s disappearance
World  - The United Nations special rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression calls for an investigation into the disappearance and alleged murder of a prominent Saudi journalist in Turkey.

"Disappearance and alleged murder of Jamal Khashoggi requires immediate and independent international investigation," David Kaye tweeted on Sunday.

Jamal Khashoggi went missing on Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

According to Press TV, Kaye said such probe was necessary to "protect any investigation against claims of politicization or bad faith." The investigation would also "demonstrate international abhorrence of crimes against journalists."

The new agency quoted the Turkish Prime Minister as saying: "It is also extremely saddening that this incident took place in our country. I knew Mr. Jamal for a long time; therefore my expectations are still positive," the Turkish head of state told reporters. "There is a security investigation on the issue; there is an intelligence investigation on the issue. Specifically all the entries and exits in and out of Istanbul's airports are under investigation."

A day earlier, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had denied speculation that Riyadh had taken Khashoggi in, stressing that Turkey could search the consulate for him. "If he's in Saudi Arabia, I would know that," Press TV mentioned.

Jamal Khashoggi is one of the most prominent Saudi and Arab journalists and political commentators of his generation, owing to a career that has spanned nearly 30 years. He writes for The Washington Post's Global Opinions section and has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since September 2017. He left Saudi Arabia that year over fears of the Riyadh regime's crackdown on critical voices.

Al Jazeera News quoted him as saying: "We are being asked to abandon any hope of political freedom, and to keep quiet about arrests and travel bans that impact not only the critics but also their families. Unfortunately, the Saudi regime is such that it cannot stomach even moderate criticism and this is what they do to moderate critics".
He had reached the consulate to secure documentation for a forthcoming marriage, according to his fiancee, who waited outside.

"We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate," a Turkish official told Reuters news agency.



News Code: 26380
Published Date: Monday 8 October 2018 - 11:15:21
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