Published: Sun, October 07, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Saudi journalist feared murdered at Istanbul consulate

Saudi journalist feared murdered at Istanbul consulate

"Most of their cases have nothing to do with freedom of speech and majority will return to their homes when the process is finished", he said.

A US official said Turkish government officials have concluded that Khashoggi was likely killed inside the consulate by a team that flew in with two private jets.

"The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul".

An unnamed Turkish official told the Reuters news agency on Saturday that Turkish police believed Khashoggi had been killed and his body removed from the building.

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Mr Al Otaibi said: "I would like to confirm that 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 Washington Post newspaper, which featured articles from Khashoggi on its Global Opinions section, published blank pages on its print and website editions on Friday, demanding urgent information about the journalist whereabouts. Saudi officials have yet to provide any evidence for that assertion. "Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist".

Amnesty International called on Saudi authorities to "immediately disclose the evidence supporting their claim that Jamal Khashoggi left the consulate last Tuesday, otherwise their claims are utterly baseless and only exacerbate suspicions that they are indeed detaining him in what would amount to an enforced disappearance".

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Khashoggi has been a vociferous critic of Prince Mohammed's policies in both the Arab and Western press.

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".

The Saudi consul-general in Istanbul allowed reporters from the Reuters news agency to tour the consulate Saturday, to show that Khashoggi was not inside.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says Riyadh "will pay nothing" to the United States for the kingdom's "security", in rebuttal to US President Donald Trump who recently said King Salman would not last in power "for two weeks" without US military support.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to receive an official document for their marriage.

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

A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper and a short-lived Saudi TV news channel, Mr Khashoggi was for years seen as close to the Saudi royal family.

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". "I can speak when so many cannot".

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