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Turkey probes claims that Saudis killed journalist

09 October 2018, 05:33 | Darnell Patrick

A demonstrator holds up a poster of missing dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul

Murder at consulate? Turks say dissident journalist killed at Saudi diplo building

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud told Bloomberg on Friday that Khashoggi was not in the consulate, and his country is investigating.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing writer who had been critical of the Salman government, has been living for a year in self-imposed exile in the United States after a Riyadh crackdown on dissent in the kingdom. "Deeply troubled to hear reports about Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi".

Saudi officials have denied allegations that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate, calling them "baseless". Friends and officials have blamed Riyadh for the dissident journalist's disappearance and alleged murder.

Khashoggi, a USA resident, has written articles over the past year critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. This group is considered to have a connection with the disappearance of Khashoggi.

"Jamal has many friends in the Kingdom, including myself", Khalid wrote.

A Turkish official told the AP late Saturday that an "initial assessment" by police concluded Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate.

Another Turkish security source told Reuters that a group of 15 Saudi nationals, including some officials, had arrived in Istanbul in two planes and entered the consulate on the same day Khashoggi was there, and later left the country.

The Post's image showed Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul a week ago.

Turkish authorities suspect Khashoggi was murdered while inside the building, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says he is now personally involved in the case. the BBC reported.

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On Sunday, another official assessed it as "high probability" that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and his body was taken away.

It says the journalist left the consulate shortly after arriving, while Turkey says he was not seen leaving the building.

The door Khashoggi walked in through appeared to be the main entrance of the consulate in Istanbul's 4th Levent neighbourhood, a leafy, upscale district near the city's financial hub that's home to several other consulates.

Turkish officials reportedly believe that those 12 Saudi officials killed Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and then transported his dead body back to Saudi Arabia.

A Turkish official also said Saudi Arabia's envoy to Ankara had been summoned to the foreign ministry for a second time on Sunday and had been asked by Turkish diplomats to be "in full coordination" on the matter. It has also raised tensions between regional rivals, Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

"You would hope that the United States would at least start asking very serious questions about what was going on, and press the Saudis for answers", Ivo Daalder, a former U.S. envoy to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, told CNN. "This case sends a shockwave among Saudi Arabian human rights defenders and dissidents everywhere, eroding any notion of seeking safe haven overseas". Turkish officials are trying to identify them as part of their probe into Khashoggi's disappearance.

He continued, saying that he felt the need to address the "various malicious leaks and grim rumors flying around about Jamal's whereabouts and fate".

Saudi Arabia, which ranks 169th out of 180 on RSF's World Press Freedom Index, has launched a modernisation campaign since Prince Mohammed's appointment as heir to the throne.



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