The mysterious disappearance of the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi after entering the consulate of his country in Istanbul has raised many questions and much speculation, not unrelated to the Muslim Brotherhood and the crisis over Qatar. Accusations are being made against Iran, Qatar and Turkey; it could be said that Turkey has become an unsafe country.
Jamal Khashoggi disappeared on October 2nd after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get some papers needed for him to marry his Turkish fiancé Khadija Genghis. The Saudi government has denied allegations by the Turkish authorities that the journalist was murdered inside.
After the disappearance, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg that he was ready to allow the Turkish authorities to inspect the Saudi consulate, adding: "The facilities are sovereign land, but we will allow them to enter and inspect them and do whatever they want ....”
Khadija Genghis said she and Jamal Khashoggi were preparing to get married and that is why Jamal went to the consulate. After a first positive meeting with staff of the consulate a few days before his disappearance, Jamal returned to the consulate on October 2nd.
Al-Sabah, a pro-Turkish government newspaper, published photos and other details of a Saudi delegation who are said to have arrived at Ataturk airport in Istanbul on two private aircraft on the same day. The delegation stayed at the Windham and Mövenpick Hotel near the Saudi consulate.
President Trump said he planned to contact Saudi Arabia about the disappearance. Trump said that he had not spoken to Saudi leaders on the subject yet but would "contact them."
The most critical gaps in the Turkish government's story are:
Jamal Khashoggi's fiancé was waiting outside the consulate; one might assume that if Saudi Arabia was involved in murder, it would not leave her there.
Muslim Brotherhood members gathering outside the Saudi consulate included activist Karaman Mutawakil, which has given rise to speculation of the involvement of Turkey and Qatar. Were they using the Khashoggi case to incite public opinion against the kingdom by leaking the fact that a Saudi government delegation had visited the consulate?
Jamal Khashoggi was not considered an opponent of the regime and formerly served as an adviser to the government, and headed some Saudi media.
Trump’s involvement in the case could be seen as an attempt to put pressure on Saudi Arabia for economic and financial reasons.
Ankara failed to keep to diplomatic norms when it dealt with the issue through the media and not through diplomatic channels.