Jamal Khashoggi Fiancée Speaks out over Fears for Saudi Writer's Safety

Saudi Arabia Missing Writer

'Where Is Jamal?' Here's What to Know About Missing Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi

Khashoggi, a former government adviser who went into self-imposed exile in the U.S. previous year to avoid possible arrest, has been critical of some of the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

Human rights groups have called on Saudi Arabia to verify Khashoggi's whereabouts after Turkish and Saudi authorities offered conflicting accounts of his disappearance, with Ankara saying there is no evidence he left the diplomatic mission and Riyadh saying that he exited the same day.

"Yesterday the Saudi ambassador was summoned to the foreign ministry and the issue of Khashoggi was discussed", one of the sources said.

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since he went to the Saudi embassy on Tuesday to receive an official document for his upcoming marriage.

"We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it's not free armament".

"The burden of proof is on Saudi Arabia to produce evidence for its claim that Khashoggi left the consulate alone, and that Saudi agents have not detained him", said Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.

Khashoggi was at the consulate to acquire paperwork regarding his divorce from his Saudi wife and to marry a Turkish woman, who was first to break the news about his disappearance.

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Yemeni activist and 2011 victor of the Nobel Peace Prize, Tawakkol Karman said she believed Khashoggi "was kidnapped in this gangster's den that is supposed to be a consulate".

Members of the media report near the entrance to a blocked road leading to the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018.

Khashoggi is a longtime Saudi journalist, foreign correspondent, editor and columnist whose work has been controversial in the past in the ultraconservative Sunni kingdom.

The State Department said it was aware of Khashoggi's disappearance and was seeking more information. In fact, President Trump chose to visit Saudi Arabia for his maiden global trip as president a year ago.

Once a friend to the royal family, Khashoggi became one of its most vocal critics.

The Saudi journalist had raised questions about the state of human rights and freedom of expression in the Gulf kingdom. He also, on several occasions, interviewed Osama bin Laden.

Bin Salman brushed off US President Donald Trump's humiliating comments about Saudi Arabia perishing within two weeks without American support, claiming that his kingdom existed decades before the US and will need "something like around 2,000 years to maybe face some dangers".

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