Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Jamal Khashoggi Was Allegedly Killed Inside Saudi Consulate in Turkey

Jamal Khashoggi Was Allegedly Killed Inside Saudi Consulate in Turkey

Turkish police have concluded that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi mission in Istanbul after going missing Tuesday, an unnamed government official has said.

Saudi officials insisted he left the building, but Turkey's government said all evidence suggested he was still inside. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", one of the sources, a Turkish official, told Reuters. Another said it was a "high possibility".

Turkish officials have opened an investigation and have been speaking to the media on condition of anonymity.

Khashoggi fled from Saudi Arabia in September 2017, months after Prince Mohammed was appointed heir to the throne, amid a campaign that saw dozens of dissidents arrested including intellectuals and Islamic preachers.

Lebanon's Al Akhbar newspaper cited an Arab source as saying Saudi Arabia had informed Turkey that Khashoggi was now in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

The Washington Post's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement: "If the reports of Jamal's murder are true, it is a monstrous and unfathomable act".

Saudi Arabia's consul-general in Istanbul, Mohammad Al Otaibi, gave reporters a tour of the consulate to prove that the premises are clear and that the talk of kidnapping "is baseless".

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He said that Saudi officials say Khashoggi left the consulate, "but there is no record in the video footage". Saudi officials have yet to provide any evidence for that assertion.

Turkish prosecutors have begun an investigation into the case, officials said on Saturday, and a spokesman for Erdogan's AK Party said authorities would uncover his whereabouts.

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

"He is a Saudi citizen and we are very keen to know what happened to him", Prince Mohammed said.

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.

According to Bloomberg, "Trump has heaped particular pressure on Saudi Arabia, the world's top exporter of crude oil, to do more to ease prices, by linking the American military presence in the Persian Gulf to the kingdom's oil-production policy".

He was living in the USA for the past year in self-imposed exile following the ascension of Prince Mohammed, now next in line to succeed his father, the 82-year-old King Salman. 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. "I can speak when so many cannot".

Never one to mince his words, Khashoggi described a new Saudi era of "fear, intimidation, arrests and public shaming" in an article published in the Post previous year.

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