Turkey probes whether journalist was murdered in Saudi Consulate

Turkey probes whether journalist was murdered in Saudi Consulate

Saudi officials have denied the murder claims, insisting they are unaware of Khashoggi's whereabouts.

In another incident, the London-based Financial Times was forced to withdraw its Saudi correspondent and close its Riyadh bureau after the government accused the paper of publishing "lies" about the country.

Khashoggi, an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, when Saudi authorities launched a massive crackdown on the dissent.

Khashoggi had been critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

Amnesty International's Middle East Research Director Lynn Maalouf said if the reports of Khashoggi's killing are true, it "would be an abysmal new low" and "amount to an extrajudicial execution".

"You would hope that the United States would at least start asking very serious questions about what was going on, and press the Saudis for answers", Ivo Daalder, a former U.S. envoy to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, told CNN. He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom'.

Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi, 59, vanished after an appointment with Saudi officials on Tuesday.

A Turkish official, requesting anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, told the AP earlier Saturday night something similar.

Officials have said "the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate".

Yemeni Nobel Prize victor Tawakkol Karman, centre, participates at a demonstration for Khashoggi that was organized by the Turkish-Arabic Media Association in front of the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul on Friday.

"Jamal is not dead".

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association told the AP on Sunday that Turkish officials had told him that Khashoggi had been killed, and to make funeral preparations. It added the investigation over allegations that the writer was detained had "deepened", without elaborating.

Saudi Arabia has rejected the accusations regarding the journalist, who has been missing for six days, and allowed investigators and members of the press to search the building. US silence in the face of such behavior may have partly induced Mohammed bin Salman into thinking that he could act against Khashoggi with impunity.

The explosive allegations could upend already-fraught relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, as well as raise new questions about the kingdom and the actions of its assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Khashoggi wrote about in columns for The Washington Post and others. "But all I see now is the recent wave of arrests". He has done business with billionaire Saudi Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal.

The news agency, quoting a diplomatic source said, Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Ankara Waleed A M Elkhereiji was summoned to the Turkish foreign ministry on Sunday. Turkey's support of political Islamists, like the Muslim Brotherhood, also angers leaders in Riyadh and Abu Dhabi, which label the organization a "terrorist group" threatening their hereditarily ruled nations.

We take a look at Mr Khashoggi, his career and the events that led up to his disappearance.

Reacting to news of the alleged murder, the journalist's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said on Twitter that she was "waiting for an official confirmation from the Turkish government to believe it".

"The charade of Khashoggi's assassination is a conspiracy and an intelligence plot to harm the reputation of Saudi Arabia", Mr Bukhari tweeted. Those responsible for this horrific crime must face justice, ' Desir added.

Related Articles