Jamal Khashoggi, 59, vanished after getting into the Saudi Arabia consulate in Turkey to get marriage paperwork earlier this month, sparking worldwide outrage over his disappearance.
Turkish officers imagine Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, Washington Publish columnist and main critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed, dismembered and his physique eliminated by Saudi officers. Nevertheless, Saudi Arabia has denied the allegation as “baseless.”
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Here’s a timeline of occasions earlier than and after the journalist’s disappearance.
2017: Khashoggi relocates from Saudi Arabia to Washington, fearing retribution for his criticism of Prince Mohammed.
Might 2018: Khashoggi meets Hatice Cengiz, a 36-year-old Turkish PhD pupil, at a convention in Istanbul and he or she quickly turns into his fiancée, in response to ABC Information.
Sept. 28: Khashoggi heads to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul for the primary time to choose up a permission doc to get married, however he’s informed to come back again later. In response to Cengiz, it was a optimistic first assembly with consular employees, who welcomed Khashoggi warmly and warranted him that the required paperwork would come by way of.
Oct. 2: Khashoggi goes again to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul round 1 p.m. native time. His fiance mentioned Khashoggi was “hardly involved” forward of his second go to and didn’t imagine one thing unhealthy might occur on Turkish soil.
Nevertheless, Cengiz waits for him exterior for hours, however he by no means comes out. She is informed by consulate employees that he left. She then contacts the Turkish police.
Professional-government Turkish newspaper Sabah mentioned it had recognized a 15-member workforce of suspected Saudi brokers who flew into and out of Istanbul a non-public jet on the day of the disappearance
The boys checked into accommodations and left Turkey later that evening. Turkish media mentioned they had been members of an elite Saudi “assassination squad,” despatched to kill Khashoggi. The group introduced a bone noticed into the consulate and one among its members was a health care provider who specialised in post-mortems, Turkish officers say.
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Oct. 7: Saudi authorities officers deny involvement in Khashoggi’s disappearance after stories that he was killed.
Oct. 9: Cengiz writes an op-ed in Washington Publish, asking U.S. President Trump and first woman Melania Trump to assist make clear her soon-to-be husband’s disappearance.
The U.S. State Division and U.S. President Donald Trump say they’re involved concerning the disappearance Khashoggi, however say they don’t know what occurred to him.
The identical day, the Washington Publish reported that U.S. intelligence had intercepted communications of Saudi officers discussing a plan to seize Khashoggi.
Oct. 10: Trump says he contacted the Saudis in what he referred to as a “unhealthy state of affairs,” however he didn’t disclose particulars of his conversations. He additionally mentioned the U.S. was working “very intently” with Turkey, “and I feel we’ll unravel it.”
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Oct. 14: In an interview aired on CBS’s “60 Minutes,” Trump addresses Khashoggi’s disappearance. “There’s one thing actually horrible and disgusting about that if that had been the case,” he mentioned, referring to allegations by Turkish authorities that Saudi Arabia was concerned.
Oct. 13: Turkish officers say they’ve an audio recording of the alleged killing of Khashoggi from the Apple Watch he wore when he was within the consulate.
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Oct. 15: Trump says he spoke with Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud for 20 minutes and that the king “denies any data” of what occurred to Khashoggi. Trump additionally says Khashoggi might have been focused by “rogue killers” and says he’s sending Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to Saudi Arabia to talk to the king.
Turkish crime scene investigators enter the Saudi consulate for the primary time and search the premises for over 9 hours.
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In the course of the preliminary consulate search, CNN stories that Saudi Arabia is getting ready to acknowledge Khashoggi’s demise in a botched interrogation.
Oct. 16: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo meets Saudi Arabia’s King Salman to debate Khashoggi’s disappearance.
A high-level Turkish official additionally informed The Related Press that police have discovered “sure proof” throughout their search of the Saudi Consulate exhibiting that Khashoggi was killed there.
Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan says the investigation discovered that some supplies on the Saudi consulate have been painted over.
A Turkish diplomatic supply mentioned the investigators additionally deliberate to widen their search on Tuesday to the residence of the Saudi consul.
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— With recordsdata from the Related Press
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