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Jamal Khashoggi vanished following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 Jamal Khashoggi vanished following a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2
Deanna Wagner | 11 October, 2018, 09:28

The act is used in cases of suspected "extrajudicial killing, torture, or other gross violation of internationally recognized human rights against an individual exercising freedom of expression", the senators said.

President Trump also discussed the disappearance with reporters at the White House Wednesday. "We are demanding everything". Saudi officials haven't acknowledged that.

Erdogan has not accused Saudi Arabia of being responsible for Khashoggi's disappearance but has said that if the Saudis have footage of him leaving the consulate they should release it. Saudi Arabia is a major investor in Turkey, despite Ankara's support for the Gulf nation of Qatar, which is under a blockade led by Saudi Arabia and three other Arab nations.

Turkish officials said they had concrete evidence missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, with a friend of the prominent writer saying they think he might have been dismembered. Saudi Arabia officials said that he had left the building, but have not provided evidence.

Boot told Lemon, "If these reports are accurate, they lured (Khashoggi) into their consulate in Istanbul on the soil of a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation country and killed and dismembered him".

In making that determination, the senators hope Trump "will consider any relevant information, including with respect to the highest ranking officials in the Government of Saudi Arabia".

The outcry from lawmakers of both parties, including Republican allies of Trump, foreign policy analysts, former USA officials and leading media commentators who knew Khashoggi, has intensified pressure on the White House to take a hard line. We are going to take a serious look at it. You know that, right? "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".

"The leaders and presidents that belong to Trump's sphere are the ugly sorts of tyrannies in the world, like Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, [Abu Dhabi crown prince] Mohammed Bin Zayed and Mohammed Bin Salman", he told MEE.

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Corker says, "the Saudis have a lot of explaining to do because all indications are that they have been involved at minimum with his disappearance". "They can even catch bird or a mosquito with the advanced systems they have", the president said.

A source told the Post that prior to Khashoggi going missing, US intelligence intercepted Saudi officials' communications, which revealed a plan to capture Khashoggi and get him to Saudi Arabia.

Turkish media Wednesday showed what it said was a team of the 15 Saudis arriving at the Istanbul airport on the same day Khashoggi went missing.

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

The announcement came as a surveillance image surfaced of Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, just before he disappeared.

About two hours later Aksam showed two vehicles, one of them a black Mercedes Vito van with tinted windows and diplomatic plates, leaving the consulate and entering the auto park of the residence shortly afterwards. The 15 men reportedly left Turkey that same evening.

Prosecutors are investigating the incident, while the consulate said on Twitter it is working in coordination with Turkish authorities.