Turkish police suspect Saudi journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate

Turkish police suspect Saudi journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate

Turkish police suspect Saudi journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate

Turkish police have concluded that prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi mission in Istanbul after going missing on October 2, an unnamed government official said Saturday.

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.

"We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are following them closely", the official said.

Mr Khashoggi's fiancé Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside the consulate on Tuesday, tweeted rejecting the news that he is killed.

"Based on their initial findings, the police believe that the journalist was killed by a team especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day", the official told AFP.

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Turkish officers leaked statements about Mr Khashoogi late on Saturday through a number of sources, rather than through official channels.

The Saudi crown prince downplayed any apparent rift with the United States leader and said relations between the two allies remain strong. "Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist".

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.

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Sophie Anmuth, head of the Middle East desk for Reporters Without Borders, called on both governments to ensure Khashoggi reappears quickly.

"The official strongly denounced these baseless allegations, and expressed doubt that they came from Turkish officials that are informed of the investigation or are authorized to comment on the issue", the statement from the Saudi Press Agency says, in part.

Saudi Arabia's consul-general rejected claims about a possible abduction, telling Reuters that his country was helping search for Khashoggi.

Khashoggi is a familiar face on political talk shows on Arab satellite television networks and used to advise Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief and ambassador to the United States and Britain.

"We protect Saudi Arabia". 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.

A fierce critic of Saudi policies, the royal family and its power, Mr Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile in Washington for the past year, fearing retribution for his views.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia also differ over Ankara's sympathetic view of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement that Saudi Arabia and its allies consider a terrorist organization. "I can speak when so many cannot".

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