‘Journalist murdered in Saudi consulate in Istanbul’

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Saudi source denies journalist Khashoggi was killed at consulate in Istanbul

Members of the Turkish-Arab journalist association hold posters with photos of missing Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi as they hold a protest near the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 8. A Saudi official said Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after he visited. Semi-official sources are filling the gap ― pushing a counter-narrative created to protect Saudi Arabia from worldwide criticism and turn Khashoggi's weeklong disappearance into just one more battle in an information war between the kingdom and its regional foes.

Fred Hiatt, director of The Washington Post's editorial page, issued a statement calling Khashoggi's possible murder a "monstrous and unfathomable act".

"My sense is that he has been killed.in the consulate", Aktay said.

When was he last seen?

Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate on Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

She said Mr Khashoggi was required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions. Turkish police quickly said he never left the building as there was no security footage on his departure.

"Jamal is not dead!"

But Khashoggi's fiancée is reportedly holding out hope, tweeting in Arabic late Saturday and translated by the Middle East Eye, "Jamal was not killed, and I don't believe that he was killed", the fiancée said. "There's no difference between the state terror and other terror actions", she added.

"The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of United States 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.

In a separate interview with broadcaster CNN Turk on Sunday, Aktay, who is also a deputy chairman of the ruling party, said Ankara had "concrete information" on the disappearance of Khashoggi, and that he had not left the Saudi consulate.

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

But he added that diplomatic cars had been seen moving in and out.

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What have the Saudis said?

A legal representative from Khashoggi's family in Saudi Arabia said they trusted Saudi authorities and were cooperating with them, according to al-Arabiya news. It has allowed reporters into the consulate to show Mr Khashoggi is not there.

Two months later, writing about the detentions of scores of Saudi royals, senior officials and businessmen accused of corruption, he said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dispensed "selective justice" and said there was "complete intolerance for even mild criticism" of the crown prince.

"It's very, very sad for us that this happened in our country", the Turkish president said. I want you to know that Saudi Arabia has not always been as it is now.

A consummate insider, he advised Prince Turki al-Faisal, former Saudi intelligence chief, and has also been close to billionaire investor Prince Alwaleed bin Talal.

He is a high-profile critic of the crown prince. Khashoggi, after all, is more than just one man-he represents the best hopes for further reform in Saudi Arabia and for responsible checks on the power and hubris of the kingdom's reckless crown prince.

He later took up a position as a columnist with the Washington Post where he would regularly take aim at Saudi Arabia's conduct in Yemen's civil war as well as the policies of the Crown Prince.

In his initial comments on Sunday, Erdogan struck a cautious tone with regards to the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi's disappearence.

One week after Khashoggi's disappearance at the Saudi facility in Istanbul, the official Saudi line remains that the kingdom is as confused as everyone else.

Riyadh vehemently denies the claim and says Khashoggi left the consulate. "To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison".

"It anguishes me to speak with other Saudi friends in Istanbul and London who are also in self-exile".

The Washington Post on Friday blanked out his column in support.

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