- The family of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said
they are “sadly and anxiously” waiting on official news about
what happened to him.
- Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in
Istanbul, Turkey, over two weeks ago
- Turkey alleges Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by Saudi
operatives at the consulate
The family of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist who hasn’t
been seen since walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul two
weeks ago, said Monday night that they are “sadly and anxiously”
waiting for official news about what happened to him.
Khashoggi went inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on
October 2 to obtain legal documents for his upcoming marriage. He
sparking international fears that he may have been harmed.
Khashoggi, a writer for the Washington Post, was a
prominent critic of the Saudi government and the Crown Prince
Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi is a legal US resident who had
been living in Virginia.
The Saudi government is reportedly
preparing to release a report admitting that Khashoggi was
killed during a botched interrogation, CNN reported Monday. The
interrogation was originally supposed to lead to his abduction
from Turkey, but turned deadly, according to CNN’s sources.
President Donald Trump told reporters Monday that the Saudi crown
prince strongly denied having any knowledge about what happened
to Khashoggi. Trump also floated the idea that “rogue killers”
may be behind Khashoggi’s disappearance.
Read the full statement from Khashoggi’s family:
“We are sadly and anxiously following the conflicting news
regarding the fate of our father after losing contact with him
two weeks ago, when he disappeared after entering the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul. Our family is traumatized, and yearns to
be together during this painful time. The strong moral and legal
responsibility which our father instilled in us obliges us to
call for the establishment of an independent and impartial
international commission to inquire into the circumstances of his
death. We are grateful to all those who have respected our
privacy during these difficult times.”