Missing Saudi Journalist Killed Inside Istanbul Consulate: Turkish Police Sources

Elias Hubbard
October 9, 2018

The Washington Post reports a Turkish investigation has revealed that a group of about 15 Saudi men traveled to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi as he visited the consulate.

Late on Saturday, Turkish sources told Reuters that Turkish authorities believed Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate last week, in what they described as the deliberate targeting of a prominent critic of the Gulf kingdom's rulers.

Saudi Arabia has denied the accusations, saying it is "working to search for him".

The official quoted by SPA underlined that Saudi Arabia was responsible for the safety and well-being of all its citizens, wherever they may be, and that its authorities "are diligently following up on this matter to uncover the complete facts".

No evidence has been presented. Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has previously said officials are welcome to conduct a search as there is nothing to hide.

He has also criticised Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen, where Riyadh leads a military coalition fighting alongside the government in its war with Iran-backed rebels.

What have the Saudis said?

Trump, speaking at the White House, said he did not know details about Khashoggi's disappearance.

"See when I hear arrest of a friend who did nothing that is worth to be arrested, make me feel I shouldn't go". And hopefully that will sort itself out.

"I know nothing right now".

"I am sure you are following the news stories about Jamal Khashoggi".

Despite that, we have seen over the last few days various malicious leaks and grim rumors flying around about Jamal's whereabouts and fate.

He told her to call an adviser to President Erdogan if he did not return. The Turkish private NTV television said Ankara asked for permission for its investigators to search the consulate building, but a Foreign Ministry official would not confirm the report.

Mr Erdogan was more circumspect, saying on Sunday he remained "positive" and would await the results of an investigation. Its passengers went straight to the consulate and then left in the evening for Egypt. He was a fierce critic of the Saudi regime.

Khashoggi, a Saudi writer and critic of the kingdom's leadership, was last seen entering the consulate in Istanbul's Levent district on October 2, when he arrived to retrieve an administrative document. But Mr Khashoggi thought he had the situation under control.

Trump has instead focused on U.S. and Saudi shared interests in ratcheting up pressure on Iran.

What have the Saudis said?

The alleged murder, cloaked in deep mystery, assumes more global significance because Khashoggi was a high-profile journalist with penetrating worldwide connections.

Saudi Arabia insists the allegations it faces over Khashoggi's disappearance are 'baseless, ' but has not offered any evidence over the last week to support their claim he simply walked away and vanished into Istanbul though his fiancée waited just outside.

In a March 6 Guardian editorial co-authored with Robert Lacey, he wrote: "For his domestic reform programme, the crown prince deserves praise".

Khashoggi, at the time of his disappearance, was working for the Washington Post and writing nearly regularly under the "Global Opinion" column. Moreover, the Saudi government put at least 100 people to death a year ago, according to Amnesty International.

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