Published: Tue, October 16, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkey believes missing Saudi journalist was murdered at Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Turkey believes missing Saudi journalist was murdered at Saudi consulate in Istanbul

"We do not know if he is alive or not, and the statements by Saudi Arabia on the subject are far from satisfactory", Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and chief of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, told supporters on Friday.

Two senior administration officials said the administration has no verifiable information to confirm the Turkish government claims that Khashoggi was killed but that the United States is seeking answers about his whereabouts - and talking to senior levels of Saudi government.

It was the first time Trump has weighed in on the situation involving Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday.

US officials are aware of The Post's report about Khashoggi but can not confirm it, and do not know where Khashoggi is, a senior USA official told the Post on Saturday.

A Saudi columnist remained missing as supporters rallied outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul calling for his "release" despite Riyadh's denials that he was being held there.

Back in March, Khashoggi appeared on Al Jazeera's "UpFront" and said there wasn't any room for debate in Saudi Arabia with journalists jailed for questioning its policies.

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Mogherini added: "We expect a thorough investigation and full transparency from the Saudi authorities on what has happened". Saudi Arabia denies this. Turkey's government stated that he never left the building and is likely deceased.

The sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out.

The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance "baseless", but had no immediate comment on Turkey's announcement.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has been documenting the increasingly harsh treatment of journalists in Saudi Arabia.

The spokesman for Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's AK Party vowed that authorities would uncover the whereabouts of Khashoggi and the details of his disappearance, saying the case was highly sensitive for Turkey. "Such an assassination within the grounds of the Consulate, which is territory under Saudi Arabian jurisdiction, would amount to an extrajudicial execution", said Lynn Maalouf, Amnesty International's Mideast research director. Ryan said he'll "fight for answers" about the disappearance and wants information "from both governments", the Saudis and the Turks, about what happened.

The incident has put into sharp focus Saudi Arabia's young Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's perceived crackdown on dissidents, his kingdom's delicate relationship with Turkey and Khashoggi 's influence within the royal court. He said he believes Turkish officials soon will announce the findings of their investigation.

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Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to the US, sought to convey sympathy with carefully moderate criticism in a note to friends in English the embassy shared with reporters. A Saudi official said Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he visited. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to appease its Western allies and the global community.

Jeremy Hunt has warned Saudi Arabia that "friendships depend on shared values" after questioning the country's ambassador over the disappearance of a journalist.

Khashoggi had sought to become a USA citizen after living in self-imposed exile since past year, fearing repercussions for his criticism of the prince, Cengiz wrote.

Khashoggi has been an outspoken critic of the Saudi government, causing him to leave his home country previous year to live in exile in the United States.

The idea that Khashoggi may have been abducted at the consulate was "disgusting", he said.

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