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Turkey believes missing Saudi journalist was murdered at Saudi consulate in Istanbul

10 October 2018, 04:01 | Darnell Patrick

Saudi Journalist Killed, Dismembered at Consulate in Istanbul: Source

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

News agency Anadolu later reported that a private plane that had arrived from Saudi Arabia at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport was searched last Tuesday, the day Khashoggi was last seen. The Post, which first published the photo, said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with it, without elaborating.

The UK has extensive commercial and military links with Saudi and will be reluctant to cause long-term damage to the relationship, but it also has strong links with the Turkish government.

A man holds a poster of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest Monday organized by members of the Turkish-Arabic Media Association at the entrance to Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

"Jamal has many friends in Saudi Arabia, and I am one of them", he said in a statement, saying the two had kept in touch while he was living overseas "despite differences".

Saudi Arabia has always been a pillar of United States policy in the Middle East, and while the relationship was rocky during President Obama's tenure, Trump has embraced Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia has called the allegations that it killed writer Jamal Khashoggi "baseless", but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show that he ever left the building.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said "God willing, we will not be faced with the situation we do not desire" when asked by journalists about Khashoggi.

He denied earlier reports that quoted him as saying Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, saying: "What Reuters reported about his killing is not an official statement".

"This serious transformation that is happening isn't discussed - the Prince supplies us every couple of weeks or couple of months with a huge multi-billion dollar project that wasn't discussed in the parliament, wasn't discussed in the newspapers and the people will just clap and say great. and things don't work that way".

In his opinion articles, Khashoggi has been critical of some policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

The journalist said he had been banned from writing in the pan-Arab daily Al-Hayat, owned by Saudi prince Khaled bin Sultan al-Saud, over his defence of the Muslim Brotherhood which Riyadh has blacklisted as a terrorist organisation.

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Ankara has provided no evidence that Mr Khashoggi was killed in the building.

It is well-known that Turkey and Saudi Arabia have, of late, been involved in a fierce competition to gain supremacy in the Middle East and Gulf region.

He had been living since a year ago in the United States, in a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Prince Mohammed, the son of King Salman. "Now, nobody will dare to speak and criticize the reforms", Khashoggi said.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to obtain documents needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

A friend of the columnist also revealed that Khashoggi's encrypted messages had been read after he vanished.

What have both countries said?

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"Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?"

Khashoggi is a familiar face on political talk shows on Arab satellite television networks and used to advise Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States and Britain.

"The Saudis are saying we can come investigate, but they have of course disposed of the body", he said, adding that he believed Saudi statements about a lack of footage from security cameras were insincere. "The free world deserves answers" in a Tweet on Monday evening.

Rumors and leaks on Mr Khashoggi's fate are "malicious" and "outrageous" the ambassador said.



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