Missing Saudi journalist has not left the consulate - police sources say

Missing Saudi journalist has not left the consulate - police sources say

A friend of a prominent Saudi journalist who went missing in Istanbul said Sunday that officials told him to "make your funeral preparations" as the Washington Post contributor "was killed" at the Saudi Consulate.

Officials said they believe 59-year-old Khashoggi's death was planned and Saudi officials had travelled to Istanbul from Riyadh after receiving word that he was going to visit the consulate to sign divorce papers. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", Turkish official, was quoted by Reuters as saying.

Amnesty added that possible killing of Khashoggi proves that "Saudi Arabian authorities are willing to dispense even with their own deeply flawed judicial proceedings in order to punish those who peacefully criticize them."

Yasin Aktay, an official in Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) who was close to the journalist, said Khashoggi had made an appointment in advance with the consulate and called to check the documents were ready.

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. He has not been heard from since.

He said the consulate was equipped with cameras but they did not record footage, so no images could be retrieved of Khashoggi entering or leaving the consulate, which is ringed by police barriers and has high security fences topped with barbed wire. Turkish investigators believe he died in a "preplanned murder".

In a March 6 editorial in Britain's The Guardian newspaper co-authored with Robert Lacey, Khashoggi wrote: "For his domestic reform programme, the crown prince deserves praise".

The writer said Saudi authorities banned him from using his verified Twitter account after he said the country should be "rightfully nervous about a Trump presidency".


"The case would not go unsolved", he added.

It's a theme he's been sounding for years, tweeting in March 2015 that if Saudi Arabia "wants our help and protection, they must pay dearly!" He was living in the US for the past year in self-imposed exile following the ascension of Prince Mohammed, now next in line to succeed his father, the 82-year-old King Salman.

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. He is also a columnist with The Washington Post and has criticized some of the Saudi government's policies, in addition to supporting the Muslim Brotherhood. Another official confirmed the story.

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

In his newspaper columns, Khashoggi has been critical of some policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

Khashoggi maintained ties with Saudi elites, including those in its intelligence apparatus, and launched a satellite news channel, Al-Arab, from Bahrain in 2015 with the backing of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

"Mr. Jamal is a journalist friend I have known for a very long time, therefore I still hope for a positive outcome", Erdoğan said speaking to the press.

Related Articles

  • Potential Chelsea lineup against Southampton: Hazard, Kante return; Morata out

    Potential Chelsea lineup against Southampton: Hazard, Kante return; Morata out

    I'm still sometimes feeling it a little bit. "At the moment I am okay but in two months it could be different", he explained. Mary's Stadium on Sunday, as they gear up to take on a struggling Southampton side in gameweek eight of the Premier League .
    Pep Not Focused On Head-To-Head Record With Klopp

    Pep Not Focused On Head-To-Head Record With Klopp

    City have got an embarrassment of riches, but Liverpool have had their number over the past year or so . Just seven games into the Premier League season, no knockout blow can be landed this weekend.
    Rupee sinks to historic low, Centre anxious

    Rupee sinks to historic low, Centre anxious

    Consistent dollar demand from importers, mainly oil refiners, following higher crude oil prices, kept the rupee under pressure. The central bank retained the repo rate unchanged at 6.50 per cent, while the reverse repo rate also stayed at 6.25 per cent.
  • Nokia 7.1 vs Xiaomi Poco F1: Battle of mid-range Android phones

    Nokia 7.1 vs Xiaomi Poco F1: Battle of mid-range Android phones

    The Nokia 7 .1 has a 5.84 inch display with 2280 by 1080 pixel resolution which is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. If you're in a hurry, the 18W charger included in the box promises to top-up 50% of your battery in half an hour or so.
    India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli surpasses Sachin Tendulkar with gritty ton

    India vs West Indies: Virat Kohli surpasses Sachin Tendulkar with gritty ton

    India scored 142 in the first session as the Windies bowlers looked out of ideas, lacked bite and creativity. This is the 31st time that India have scored 600 and more runs in an innings, second only to Australia's 34.

    Ronaldo left out of Portugal's upcoming worldwide matches

    Few days back as well, the Juventus player denied raping an American woman in a Instagram live video and called it fake news. The 33-year-old has issued a strong denial over allegations he sexually assaulted a woman in Las Vegas in 2009.
  • Keegan pleads with Newcastle fans to keep supporting club despite Ashley ownership

    Keegan pleads with Newcastle fans to keep supporting club despite Ashley ownership

    Newcastle have played against five of the top teams and have not lost by more than one goal to any of them. I think of Louis van Gaal being sacked the evening of an F.A Cup final and finding out from other people.
    First the moon outside our solar system found astronomers

    First the moon outside our solar system found astronomers

    In July 2017 , researchers started observing Kepler-1625b, an exoplanet orbiting the star Kepler-1625 in the constellation Cygnus. They made a decision to look at exoplanets with the widest orbits, or those that take about 30 days to circle their stars.

    Russian Intel Agency GRU Accused of 'Brazen' Cybercrimes

    The four Russians in the Netherlands were detained on April 13 and expelled to Russia , Dutch Major General Onno Eichelsheim said. But Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova dismissed the new accusations on Thursday, calling them "big fantasies".
  • Aftermath of Indonesia's natural disaster  and tsunami

    Aftermath of Indonesia's natural disaster and tsunami

    More than 65,000 homes were damaged and more than 60,000 people have been displaced and are in need of emergency help. The government has said hundreds of people were severely injured in Friday's disasters.
    Brett Kavanaugh attacks backfiring on Democrats, Trump says

    Brett Kavanaugh attacks backfiring on Democrats, Trump says

    Franken resigned after some of his Democratic colleagues turned on him in the wake of groping accusations. I wish Trump had followed up "the party of crime" theme by citing Ellison's support for cop killers.
    Republicans aim to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this weekend

    Republicans aim to confirm Brett Kavanaugh this weekend

    Republicans have a narrow 51-49 Senate majority, and vice president Mike Pence will be available to cast a tie-breaking vote. But The Wall Street Journal reported late Thursday that Leland Keyser was being pressured by "allies" of Dr.