Saudi Journalist Killed, Dismembered at Consulate in Istanbul

Saudi Journalist Killed, Dismembered at Consulate in Istanbul

"Jamal was not killed and I do not believe he was killed", Hatice Cengiz posted.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the Saudis to back up their claim that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate.

"We would like to know exactly what happened inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance", said Mohamed Okad, a friend of Khashoggi and founder of Insight into Crisis, a conflict advisory group.

Earlier reports said Turkish police were focusing on 15 Saudi citizens who came to Turkey on two airplanes on the day of the incident.

On the eve of Khashoggi's planned marriage to a Turkish woman, he entered the consulate on October 2 and has not been seen since. Erdogan's response is likely to become more pointed in the coming days if there is no movement on issues that matter more to him than the disappearance of a foreign national inside Turkey.

Saudi Arabia denies the suggestion. The longer the crisis continues, the more biased Al-Jazeera gets, he said. "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. "It has to prove that Jamal wasn't oppressed at the consulate and that he left safely".

The image shows the date and time (13:14) and bears a caption in Turkish with the journalist's name and that he was arriving at the consulate.

While the Turkish authorities seem confident in their assessment that Khashoggi was indeed murdered, the United States administration, while exercising abundant discretion and caution, has said that they are monitoring the developments in Turkey and are yet, not in a position to confirm the death.

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It's not just the Saudis: Sanders also singled out several USA allies, including Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The consulate is Saudi sovereign territory.

It's unclear which camera the footage came from or who operated it.

However, a number of closed-circuit surveillance cameras surround the area.

The Saudis have offered no evidence that he did leave. As a contributor to the Post, Mr Khashoggi has written extensively and critically about Saudi Arabia. "This is a horrific escalation in the crown prince's campaign to silence dissent, to silence any criticism, even the mildest of criticism, from Saudis at home or overseas", says columnist for The Intercept Mehdi Hasan, who is also host of "UpFront" at Al Jazeera English, where he interviewed Khashoggi earlier this year.

"Consulate officials can't save themselves by saying, 'He left here.' And relevant authorities are obligated to provide proof of this claim", Erdogan said during a visit to Hungary. Among other things, as MBS told Bloomberg, the visit prompted Riyadh to commit to buying more than 60 percent of its weapons in the next decade from Washington. Then why do you not prove this? "You have to prove it".

Turkey's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador over the issue. Turkey sent food to Qatar and deployed troops at its military base there as the other nations imposed a boycott on the wealthy Gulf country. The prince also confirmed reports that Trump had asked Saudi Arabia and other OPEC members to pump enough oil to ensure that the reduction of Iran's oil exports of 700,000 barrels a day would not lead to a surge in oil prices.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old veteran journalist who has lived in self-imposed exile in the USA since Prince Mohammed's rise to power, disappeared October 2 while on a visit to the consulate to get paperwork done to be married to his Turkish fiancée. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had seen conflicting reports on the safety and whereabouts of Khashoggi.

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