Jamal Khashoggi Was Allegedly Killed Inside Saudi Consulate in Turkey

Missing journalist killed in Saudi consulate in Istanbul claim Turkish officials Reports

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi | Reuters

Turkish police say they believe missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside.

He went to the Saudi consulate to obtain an official document for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish partner.

Tensions have grown between the countries since Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoganbacked Qatar in its dispute with Saudi Arabia a year ago.

Four days after the mysterious disappearance of Saudi Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish authorities have concluded that he was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Ankara.

His disappearance and reported murder in Istanbul "sends a petrifying signal to peaceful dissidents and critics that they are at risk even outside the country, and that the authorities are targeting them one by one wherever they can do so", said Lynn Maalouf, the director of Middle East Research at Amnesty International.

Mr Atkay's comments come amid speculation that Khashoggi's body was dismembered after his murder so it could be smuggled out of the consulate in parts.

Khashoggi wrote for The Washington Post, which ran a blank column earlier this week to help publicize his disappearance.

Turkish sources quoted by Reuters and the Washington Post say they believe he has been killed inside the consulate.

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"The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of U.S. weapons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some "$400 billion" in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as "a good achievement" for Trump. "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", consul-general Mohammad al-Otaiba told Reuters. It has allowed reporters into the consulate to show Mr Khashoggi is not there.

A leading critic of the Saudi government's reform programme under the stewardship of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States for over a year.

"Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist", the newspaper's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom organization, said that Saudi authorities "must immediately give a full and credible account of what happened to Khashoggi inside its diplomatic mission".

'If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia, ' Murphy wrote on Twitter. His fiancée Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside, said he never emerged.

"We do not know if he is alive or not, and the statements by Saudi Arabia on the subject are far from satisfactory", Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and chief of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, told supporters on Friday. For years he was seen as being close to the Saudi royal family.

"The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of US weapons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some $400 billion in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as a good achievement" for Trump. "To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison".

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