In Turkey hope that the missing Saudi journalist alive

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The Turkish authorities hope that the disappeared opposition Saudi journalist Jamal Casucci alive, said to RIA Novosti Advisor to the President of Turkey Yasin Aktay.

Casucci, who works as a columnist American newspaper the Washington Post and 2017 lives in the USA, went missing in Turkey on 2 October after he entered the building of the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. According to the bride of a Saudi journalist, the staff of the Consulate was invited to this day Casucci for registration of necessary documents for entering marriage, and her building is not allowed. After five hours of waiting, one of the consular employees told her that Casucci already gone.

According to authorities in Saudi Arabia, Casucci disappeared after he left the Consulate, and diplomatic mission was cooperating with the Turkish authorities to clarify the circumstances of his disappearance. However, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said that Saudi Arabia needs to prove his innocence in the disappearance of the journalist, and her explanations of the situation unconvincing. As the representative of the Turkish foreign Ministry Hami Aksoy, Turkey has received from Saudi Arabia the permission to visit its Consulate in Istanbul in connection with the disappearance Casucci. According to the press Secretary of the President of Turkey Ibrahim Kalin, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have agreed about creation of joint group for the investigation of this case.

«If you noticed, we have not a word slipped that he killed. Even if I personally thought he was killed, still voiced hope that it is not, and we hope that it really isn’t,» said Aktay.

He noted that has no information on the results of the investigation. «Once made a statement about the establishment of a joint working group to investigate, then, the parties came to such agreement. Let’s see how it will work. We initially offered to cooperate with the Saudi side, waiting for clarification from her, because the incident occurred in Turkey. I hope that such explanations will be given on the results of the work of this group,» — said the Agency interlocutor.

«If the US has any information, we would like to see it. Now, our prosecutors, and we are ready to accept information from anyone who has it. There is an agreement to work permits our bodies to Saudi Consulate General. Why still it does not start – I don’t know, there is probably a reason,» said Aktay.

According to him, in this case collected information from 160-180 surveillance cameras. «It takes time to fully browse. All who arrived and came to the Consulate who left, left from it – all this is thoroughly visible, and it already kind of picture emerges. But in order to discuss the results in the press, the investigation has to be finished… If this (the involvement of Saudi Arabia to the incident – ed.) is proved, then, of course, without the reaction it is not left, the reaction will be in the framework of international law», — said the adviser to Erdogan.

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