Jamal Khashoggi was a Saudia Arabian Journalist, author, and general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News channel. In September 2017, Jamal fled Saudi Arabia and went into self-imposed exile. He had said that the Saudi Arabian government had banned him from Twitter. After being in exile for almost a year, Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018, and since then he went missing.
Jamal Khashoggi, who is an opinion page contributor at the Washington Post, disappeared after visiting the Saudi Arabian kingdom's consulate. United States President Donald Trump had said that he was "concerned" by the disappearance of a Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi who was allegedly killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Donald was quoted as saying, “I am concerned. I don't like hearing about it. Hopefully, that will sort itself out. Right now, nobody knows anything about it. There are some pretty bad stories going around. I do not like it.”
After 10 days of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi went missing and was allegedly killed, British billionaire Richard Branson suspended business links with Saudi Arabia, and Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi too refused to attend a major investment conference in Saudi Arabia amid reports of Jamal Khashoggi being killed at the Saudi consulate in Turkey's capital.
"What has reportedly happened in Turkey around the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, if proved true, would clearly change the ability of any of us in the West to do business with the Saudi government," Branson had said in a statement.
On October 13, 2018, US President Donald Trump while addressing the media said that he will speak to Saudi Arabia's King Salman about the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Donald said, “I will be calling at some point King Salman. A lot of people are looking to find out because it is potentially a really, really terrible situation.” the president added with reference to the journalist's possible murder.
On October 16, 2018, US Defence Secretary James Mattis refused to comment on Saudi Arabia's alleged killing of Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, saying that he would wait until Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's return from Riyadh. "I need to have the facts first. I know it's unusual at times in government circles. Some people talk quickly."
According to certain news reports, Saudi Arabian Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Arabian consulate from where he went missing. On 15 October 2018, a joint inspection of the consulate was done by Saudi Arabian and Turkish officials. Initially, the Saudi Arabian government denied the alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi and had claimed that he left the consulate alive but later on October 20, 2018, admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate and was strangled to death after a fight had broken out.
In the file photo, Turkish forensic police officers leave after gathering evidence at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul early. Pic/AFP
Turkish daily Yeni Safak on October 17, 2018, claimed that Jamal Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated inside Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul. The daily claimed that it had multiple recordings of the incident and in one of the recording, Saudi Arabia's consul to Istanbul, Mohammed al-Otaibi, can be heard saying during Khashoggi's torture: "Do this outside. You are going to get me in trouble." But the daily did not say how they got the tapes or how the tapes came into existence.
In the file photo, Demonstrators costumed as Saudi Crown Prince Mohd bin Salman and US President Donald Trump protest outside the White House in Washington, DC. Pic/AFP
Furthermore, online news portal Middle East Eye published a report about how the killing of Saudi Arabian Journalist Jamal Khashoggi went down. A Turkish source told the website the alleged killing took a total of seven minutes, during which Khashoggi was dragged from the consul general's office at the Saudi consulate and onto the table of his study next door. A Saudi forensic official then allegedly listened to some music and began cutting up Khashoggi's body, while he was still alive.
In the file photo, Jamal Khashoggi is seen with his fiance Hatice Cengiz
The alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi brought about a global outrage, more importantly in the United States where Khashoggi was a legal permanent resident of the country and was used to work for the Washington Post. On October 25, 2018, Saudi Arabia’s attorney general came forward and stated that the alleged killing of Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated. It is said that during his self-imposed exile, Jamal wrote newspaper articles which were critical of the Saudi Government. More so, Khashoggi was very critical of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammad Bin Salman. Picture/ Twitter Hatice Cengiz
Post Khashoggi’s went missing on October 2, the Turkish authorities suspected that he was abducted and murdered by the Saudis. But Riyadh insisted that the journalist, who is a known critic of Saudi King Salman, had left the building and that the murder claims are "baseless".’ Picture/ Twitter Hatice Cengiz
On October 17, 2018, The Washington Post published a new column by missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi in which he seems to be warning the government in the Middle East of having been given free rein to continue silencing the media at an increasing rate. Jamal Khashoggi first began writing for the Washington Post's opinion section in September 2017, and his columns criticized the prince and the direction of the Saudi kingdom. Picture/ Twitter Hatice Cengiz
On October 21, 2018, Germany and France called for an in-depth probe into Jamal Khashoggi’s death. "With great dismay, we have received the confirmation of the violent death of Jamal Khashoggi," said a statement issued by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister Heiko Maas on October 20, Xinhua news agency reports. French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drianm calling for an in-depth investigation into the journalist's killing, said: "France condemns this murder in the strongest terms. The confirmation of Jamal Khashoggi's death is a first step toward the establishment of the truth."
On October 22, 2018, CNN aired a footage, citing a Turkish official as describing the man as a "body double" and a member of a 15-man Saudi team sent to Istanbul to target Jamal Khashoggi. CNN further stated that the man walked out of the consulate via its back exit with an accomplice, then took a taxi to Istanbul's famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque, where he went into a public bathroom and changed back out of the clothes and left. The state-run broadcaster TRT later also reported that the man who entered the consulate building was seen leaving the building in Khashoggi's clothes.
In the file photo, CCTV footage shows Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2, 2018.
On October 23, 2018, Turkish President was quoted saying, “Saudi officials murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate after plotting his death for days.” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded that the kingdom reveal the identities of all involved in the killing of Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, regardless of rank.
In the file photo, Mohammed bin Salman, Prince of Saudi Arabia is seen with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey. Pic/AFP
Saudi authorities staged the "worst cover-up ever" in the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Donald Trump was quoted as the US announced its first punitive action in the case by revoking the visas of some of the senior Saudi officials involved, on October 25, 2018. “They (the Saudis) had a very bad original concept. It was carried out poorly. And the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups. Very simple. Bad deal. Should have never been thought of. Somebody really messed up. And they had the worst cover-up ever," Trump said in the Oval Office. Picture/Twitter Donald Trump
In what was seen as the latest turn in the saga of the killed Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, his son Salah Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia after the kingdom revoked a travel ban and allowed him to come to the United States. Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had discussed the case of Khashoggi's son, Salah Khashoggi, during his visit to the Saudi kingdom, making it clear to the Saudi leaders that Washington wanted the son of Jamal Khashoggi to return to the United States.
In the file photo, Jamal Khashoggi is seen in a meeting with Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President of Turkey. Picture/ Twitter Hatice Cengiz
On October 29, 2018, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said, “The body of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed after entering his country's consulate here has not been found yet.” Turkish police and crime scene investigators have conducted searches in the Saudi consulate, the residence of the Saudi consul general as well as a forest in Istanbul, trying to find the body of Khashoggi but didn’t find any success.
The Turkish fiancee of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 31, 2018, called on US President Donald Trump and other leaders to ensure that his killing at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is not covered up. Singling out Trump, she urged him to "help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served." "He should not pave the way for a cover-up of my fiance's murder. Let's not let money taint our conscience and compromise our values," she said. Picture/ Twitter Hatice Cengiz
On November 3, 2018, UN chief Antonio Guterres said, “The killing of journalists around the world for doing their job is "outrageous" and should not become the "new normal.” Guterres called on the international community "to protect journalists and create the conditions they need to do their work." In 2018 alone, at least 88 journalists have been killed according to the UN report.
On November 10, 2018, Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that recordings related to the death of Saudi journalist Khashoggi have been shared with the United States, France, UK, Saudi Arabia, and Germany. "We gave the tapes. We gave them to Saudi Arabia, the United States, Germans, French and British, all of them. They have listened to all the conversations," Erdogan said before departing for France.
Erdogan further said that Saudi Arabia knows that Khashoggi's killer is amongst the 15 Saudi nationals who landed in Istanbul before the October 2 incident. Picture/ Twitter Hatice Cengiz
On November 8, 2018, Jamal Khashoggi's fiance Hatice Cengiz brokedown on Twitter, She tweeted: I'm unable to express my sorrow to learn about dissolving your body, Jamal! They killed you and chopped up your body, depriving me and your family of conducting your funeral prayer and burying you in Madinah as wished. Are these killers and those behind it human beings? Oh my God!
In another tweet, she urged the international community to bring those who ordered and committed the murder of Jamal Khashoggi to justice.
Over the course of six months, not much happened in Saudia Arabian Journalist Jamal Khashoggi murder case. On June 19, 2019, UN special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard said that there is "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi, a Saudia Arabian Journalist, author, and general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News channel was allegedly murdered in October 2018 and back then the Saudi Arabian government played a cover-up for the same. Over the course of his murder case, the latest report by UN special rapporteur Agnes Callamard claims that she has "credible evidence" linking Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Here's all you need to know about Jamal Khashoggi and his alleged killing
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