Turkey investigates claims that Saudis killed journalist

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Saudi Journalist Killed, Dismembered at Consulate in Istanbul: Source

An official at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul has dismissed a Reuters report which cited Turkish officials claiming that Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

A Turkish official told the AP late Saturday that an "initial assessment" by police concluded Khashoggi had been killed at the consulate.

The former government adviser, who turns 60 on October 13, has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since past year to avoid possible arrest. We look at the media and see various reports that make us think about it.

The freeze on journalism and free expression isn't limited to Saudi Arabia in the greater Persian Gulf.

Meanwhile, the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association in Turkey, Turan Kislakci has told Shebab that Turkish officials had assured him of Khashoggi having been brutally murdered inside the consulate. Airport entrances and exits are being investigated.

Government sources said police believe the journalist was killed inside the consulate.

As far as optics go, this case has exposed MBS as ruthless tyrant, who in the recent past, has tried to stifle voices of dissent of several human rights activists, journalists and his tough measures including crackdown on those elements perceived to be anti Saudi regime.

The US president, Donald Trump, a robust ally of Saudi Arabia, who had pledged to stay out of the country's domestic affairs, made his first reference to the case on Monday, telling reporters he was "concerned" about "some pretty bad stories" about Khashoggi's fate.

A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper and a short-lived Saudi TV news channel, Mr Khashoggi was for years seen as close to the Saudi royal family.

The Saudi writer spent a year ago in the U.S.in self-imposed exile, after he fled the kingdom amid a crackdown on intellectuals and activists who criticized the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the investigation was "continuing intensively", and that the Vienna Convention allowed for consulates to be searched by the authorities of the host country with the consent of the mission chief. The consulate has also denied that Khashoggi was abducted. "We have nothing to hide", in the interview published Friday.

Though wary of each other, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have traditionally tried to avoid public spats. Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out.

Turkey summoned the Saudi ambassador on Sunday to request the kingdom's "full co-operation" in the investigation, a Foreign Ministry official said.

Yasin Aktay told broadcaster CNN Turk that Khashoggi had not left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which he had entered on Tuesday to obtain documents for a forthcoming marriage, in "normal ways".

Mahoney said Khashoggi's disappearance is "designed, in a very brutal way, to send a message 'if you speak out against the Saudi government, if it could happen to him, it could happen to you"'. The situation reached the top diplomatic levels between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

"What we do care about is Jamal's well-being and revealing the truth about what occurred", the ambassador said.

There was no immediate comment on the report from the Saudi authorities.

It would also put Britain directly at odds with the crown prince, who is a key United Kingdom ally.

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