Turkish police believe journalist killed in Saudi consulate

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Later that day, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) said Saudi authorities would allow Turkey to search its consulate.

Mr Khashoggi disappeared on Tuesday after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to pick up a form that proves the termination of his previous marriage in the Kingdom.

Within a day, Turkish officials were saying they had no evidence that Khashoggi had ever left the consulate while Saudi officials were insisting that the journalist had left fairly quickly. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", said the source, without elaborating.

The Turkish police in Istanbul has been keeping an eye on the entry and exits at the Saudi Consulate since the time, Khashoggi entered the building, his fiancée said.

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

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A Reuters report on Saturday said that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate building after being detained for several days.

The 59-year-old Khashoggi went missing Tuesday while on a visit to the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiance. His disappearance has threatened to upend already-fraught relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and it raises new questions about the kingdom and the actions of its assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Khashoggi wrote critically about in his columns.

Fearing he would be arrested or banned from traveling outside the kingdom, Mr. Khashoggi left his home country past year and moved to Washington, D.C., where he lived in self-imposed exile.

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

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Mr Khashoggi has also criticised Saudi Arabia's role in Yemen, where Riyadh leads a military coalition fighting alongside the government in its war with Iran-backed rebels. And we will continue our dialogue with the Turkish government to see what happened to Jamal there. In an interview with Bloomberg, an American news service, MBS underscored that Riyadh "will pay nothing" to Washington for Saudi Arabia's security. It's there since 1744; I believe more than 30 years before the United States of America, And I believe, and I' m sorry if anyone misunderstands that, but I believe President (Barack) Obama, in his eight years, he worked against many of our agenda not (only) in Saudi Arabia, but also in the Middle East.

The Post cited one anonymous official who said investigators believe a 15-member team "came from Saudi Arabia".

Other rights groups and activists have also called for investigations to be intensified to shed light on his fate.

"Jamal is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him", the consul-general, Mohammed al-Otaibi, was quoted as saying.

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