Turkish police believe Saudi journalist was killed at consulate, sources say

Hugh Fox
October 7, 2018

However, the Arab source that spoke to Al Akhbar said Khashoggi had been taken out of another entrance to the consulate in a white vehicle in coordination with a Turkish security official.

He claimed that Khashoggi had left the building not long after he entered earlier this week, alleging, "If he's in Saudi Arabia, I would know that".

Officials said they believe 59-year-old Khashoggi's death was planned and Saudi officials had travelled to Istanbul from Riyadh after receiving word that he was going to visit the consulate to sign divorce papers. Another said it was a "high possibility".

The journalist was recently reported to have disappeared in Turkey's Istanbul after entering the Saudi Consulate.

AK Party spokesman Ömer Çelik later said that Turkey will uncover the details about prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and his whereabouts.

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"If the reports of Jamal's murder are true, it is a monstrous and unfathomable act", said Fred Hiatt, director of The Washington Post's editorial page, for which Mr Khashoggi was a contributor.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in an interview with Bloomberg published Friday, said he had no further information and that Saudi authorities were investigating what happened to Mr. Kashoggi.

Sherif Mansour, Middle East and North Africa program coordinator for the Committee to Protect Journalists, said Khashoggi's failure to emerge from the consulate "is a cause for alarm", given the Saudi authorities' pattern of "quietly detaining critical journalists".

On Tuesday, he went to the consulate to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice Cengiz.

The writer said Saudi authorities banned him from using his verified Twitter account after he said the country should be "rightfully nervous about a Trump presidency".

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'Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist.

That relationship is already strained over several issues, including Turkey's support for Qatar in the blockade by Saudi Arabia; its closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood - blacklisted by Riyadh as a terrorist organisation; and its rapprochement with Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran.

He has done business with billionaire Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

Also included in these agreements are that part of these armaments will be manufactured in Saudi Arabia, so it will create jobs in America and Saudi Arabia, good trade, good benefits for both countries and also good economic growth. Under direction from the crown prince, Saudi authorities have carried out hundreds of arrests under the banner of national security, rounding up clerics, business executives and even women's rights advocates.

Relations between the two countries are already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar past year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha. "I can speak when so many cannot".

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Responding to his disappearance, the Washington Post earlier this week said it was "extremely concerned" about him.

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