Washington: US President Donald Trump addressed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s disappearance in an interview on Fox News, saying that if King Salman or Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman knew about the killing, “that would be bad.”
“Turkey and Saudi Arabia are looking at it very strongly. And it depends whether or not the King or the Crown Prince knew about it, in my opinion. Number one, what happened, but whether or not they knew about it. If they knew about it, that would be bad,” Trump said.
Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of Britain’s opposition Labour party, called the purported killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi “an abominable tragedy” in an interview with a news channel.
Jamal Khashoggi was last seen going inside the main entrance of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2. He was there to complete a paperwork for a document, to prove that he was divorced. This document would have allowed him to marry his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish citizen, who waited outside.
Though the working hours of the consulate were until 3:30 PM, Khashoggi did not come out even after 4 PM. After the consulate was officially closed for the day, his fiancée reported him missing. The Saudi Arabian government said that he had left the consulate from the back gate.
On Oct. 10, Turkish officials claimed that the “highest levels of the royal court” in Saudi Arabia ordered Khashoggi’s assassination and dismemberment by a 15-man team, as per a media report.