Saudi consulate will be searched as pressure mounts over missing journalist

Saudi consulate will be searched as pressure mounts over missing journalist

Saudi consulate will be searched as pressure mounts over missing journalist

"The Saudi authorities have notified that they are open to cooperation in this regard and that the examination can be conducted in their consular buildings in Istanbul", a Turkish foreign ministry spokesperson said Tuesday, without elaborating as to when the search would happen.

Over the past year Khashoggi used his platform as a Washington Post columnist to criticize the policies of Saudi Arabia's powerful young crown prince, from the war in Yemen to the arrest of women's rights advocates. There are some pretty bad stories going around.

The source also stated that a security delegation of Saudi investigators arrived in Istanbul on Saturday based upon a request by the Saudi government, and the acceptance of the Turkish authorities. He is an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia who has dared to defy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler. "We will not spare any effort to locate him, just as we would if it were any other Saudi citizen", it said.

He is also a former editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan and had worked with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a grandson of the first Saudi king who was detained past year as part of what the authorities said was an anti-corruption campaign.

Reacting to the news of his alleged murder, Mr Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said she "did not believe he has been killed".

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Saudi Arabia has called the allegations that it killed writer Jamal Khashoggi "baseless", but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show that he ever left the building.

"I am following it up as the President of the Turkish Republic", Erdogan told reporters in Ankara on Sunday, while confirming that he had known Khashoggi for some time and considered him a friend.

Turkey's media are now saying with increasing certainty that the Saudi journalist who visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday and never came out was murdered by the Saudis and that his body was removed by a group of 12 Saudi officials.

The Saudi consulate subsequently issued a statement saying that the journalist had left its premises on October 2, although the Turkish government, which summoned the Saudi ambassador in Ankara demanding explanations on the whereabouts of Khashoggi, said he remained inside the consular precinct.

Members of Congress, both Republican and Democrats, have also called for answers regarding Khashoggi's disappearance.

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Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate. Fearing for his life, Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States for the a year ago.

While the Turkish authorities seem confident in their assessment that Khashoggi was indeed murdered, the U.S. administration, while exercising abundant discretion and caution, has said that they are monitoring the developments in Turkey and are yet, not in a position to confirm the death.

"We demand from the global community to pressure Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Salman to tell us exactly what happened".

A Saudi source at the consulate has denied that Khashoggi had been killed at the mission and said that the accusations were baseless. Erdogan said of the consular officials at a news conference in the Hungarian capital, Budapest.

Khashoggi was one journalist who chose to "report the reality".

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