Turkish authorities believe: Saudi journalist killed inside consulate in Istanbul

Frederick Owens
October 9, 2018

He said the consulate was equipped with cameras but they did not record footage, so no images could be retrieved of Khashoggi entering or leaving the consulate, which is ringed by police barriers and has high security fences topped with barbed wire.

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.

Trump has boasted of his strong relationship with his Turkish counterpart, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who on Monday demanded that the Saudi monarchy prove Khashoggi left its consulate in Istanbul as Riyadh has claimed.

The Turkish police in Istanbul has been keeping an eye on the comings and goings at the Saudi consulate since the time - according to the journalist's fiancee - Khashoggi entered the building.

"God willing we will not be faced with a situation we do not want", the president told reporters in Ankara, adding: "I still am hopeful".

"Where did they get this information?", he asked, adding, "We Turkish journalists know how hard it is to get information on simple issues. We will not spare any effort to locate him, just as we would if it were any other Saudi citizen", it said.

Yasin Aktay, an official in Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who was close to the journalist, said Khashoggi had made an appointment in advance with the consulate and called to check the documents were ready.

Turkish authorities have concluded that the Saudi journalist had been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in istanbul.

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

WikiLeaks has hit out at United Kingdom newspapers which have been curiously circumspect about the alleged murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey last week.

Turkey's official Anadolu news agency also said in a report that the 15 Saudi nationals had been at the consulate for a brief period last Tuesday.

Almost a week since Khashoggi disappeared, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his calls for Riyadh to explain what happened to the high-profile critic of the Saudi leadership.

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The Saudi source said a security team including Saudi investigators had arrived in Istanbul on Saturday to take part in the investigation into his disappearance.

The Turkish source said Turkish officials were trying to identify them. The French foreign ministry said Khashoggi was "a recognised and respected Saudi figure".

She said Mr Khashoggi was required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions.

Reacting to news of the alleged murder, the journalist's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said on Twitter that she was "waiting for an official confirmation from the Turkish government to believe it".

The Saudi writer spent previous year in the U.S in self-imposed exile, after he fled the kingdom amid a crackdown on intellectuals and activists who criticized the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "Now it's unbearable", read the headline for one of his articles.

Relations between Canada and Saudi Arabia have been tense in recent months.

Here's Jeff Bezos, owner of the Washington Post, yukking it up back in March with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose government appears to have just murdered a Washington Post columnist.

Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg in an interview Friday that Turkish authority could search their consulate, as they had "nothing to hide".

US Vice President Mike Pence also waded into the controversy over the disappeared Saudi, saying "the free world deserves answers".

Khashoggi's criticism of the current Saudi leadership "has been honest", adding that he had seen him personally over the past year and had even exchanged text messages with the missing journalist.

The source noted "Saudi Arabia's appreciation for the brotherly Turkish government's acceptance of the request".

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