The Magnitsky Act gives the Trump administration 120 days to respond to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee with a decision on potential sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations. The question now is, 'Will Donald Trump keep playing dumb, as he did yesterday when he was asked about it-or is he going to start putting pressure on Saudi Arabia to give us some answers.... Saudi officials haven't acknowledged that.
Erdogan said Saudi officials need to prove that Khashoggi left the building. There is no footage that shows him leaving, they said. According to the New York Times, officials in Istanbul believe he was killed on orders from the royal court of Saudi Arabia.
"We're working very closely with Turkey and I think we'll get to the bottom of it", Trump said today. "And the reports that a Saudi Arabian journalist may have been tragically murdered in Turkey should be deeply concerning to everyone who cherishes a freedom of the press and human rights across the globe". "We demand to know the truth", he added. "We can not let this happen, to reporters, to anybody".
Riyadh and Ankara have also differed on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Saudi Arabia has unofficially backed the so-called U.S. "deal of the century", whereas Turkey has condemned the Trump administration's attempt to "force a deal on the Palestinians". They checked into two hotels in Istanbul, the paper said.
The Post, a newspaper to which Khashoggi contributed, cited unnamed USA officials as saying that Saudi officials had been heard discussing a plan to lure Khashoggi from the U.S. state of Virginia, where he resided, and detain him.
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Hayes offered no evidence to support his wild conspiracy theory, which came in response to the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, "a well-known and well-connected Saudi journalist, self-exiled in the United States, who had for months sounded the alarm over increasingly autocratic moves by the crown prince", the Los Angeles Times reported.
The move added pressure on close US ally Riyadh to provide more information on the whereabouts of the prominent critic of Saudi policies, whose disappearance has sparked global concern.
Khashoggi disappeared a week ago and was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where he went to pick up a document he needed for his planned marriage.
Saudi Arabia remained silent as the images, though not offering definitive proof about Khashoggi's fate, played across television networks in Turkey and around the world.
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 Saudi Consulate can not absolve itself of responsibility for this incident by allowing its premises to be searched", said Gulseren Yoleri of the Human Rights Association.
Embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations.