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Turkish authorities believe Jamal Khashoggi may have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Turkish authorities believe Jamal Khashoggi may have been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
Kenny Thornton | 19 October, 2018, 06:02

The Post printed a blank column in its Friday edition to bring attention to Khashoggi, who was a contributor to The Washington Post's Global Opinions section.

A Turkish government source told AFP at the weekend that the police believe the journalist "was killed by a team especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day".

A Turkish official told the Reuters news agency that they fear Mr Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in a premeditated murder and his body removed from the building.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he had seen conflicting reports on the safety and whereabouts of Khashoggi.

Saudi officials have called the allegation "baseless".

In the afternoon, Turkish prosecutors confirm an investigation has been opened. Following the initial announcement by Turkish sources of Khashoggi's killing, she tweeted in Arabic her refusal to believe that is the case.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to receive an official document for their marriage.

The reporter, who was a former government advisor, was self-exiled in the United States in 2017 as he was afraid of a possible arrest, following his criticism on the decisions of Saudi Prince, Mohamed Ben Salman, and Riyadh's military intervention in Yemen.

Khashoggi, who has lived in self-imposed exile in the US for the previous year, vanished Tuesday while on a visit to the consulate.

"If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia", Murphy wrote on Twitter.

In Riyadh, Saudi Arabia's crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, says in an interview with Bloomberg that the Turkish authorities are welcome to search the consulate building in Istanbul. 'We have nothing to hide'.

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A ministry official says Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal met with the Saudi ambassador on Sunday. The consulate insists the writer left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials.

OSCE media freedom representative Harlem Desir said on Twitter that he was "shocked" by the claims.

European Union foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini says the bloc stands side-by-side with the United States in urging authorities to clear up the journalist's disappearance in Turkey a week ago. "We Saudis deserve better", he added. The Post said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with them.

Speaking for the first time about the allegations, a UK Foreign Office spokesman said: "These are extremely serious allegations".

This story has not been edited by Firstpost staff and is generated by auto-feed.

A long-time critic of the Saudi government, Paul said he hoped Trump would reconsider his friendly policy towards Saudi Arabia "if there's any evidence they killed this journalist". He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom, ' Hiatt said in a statement on the U.S. newspaper's website.

Khashoggi had been close to the previous Saudi regime, but fled the kingdom a year ago, soon after the new monarch anointed his son, MBS, as prince.

"Al Jazeera has also learned in the next day or so video material will be released showing details of the assassination", Elshayyal said.

Karen Elliott House, a veteran writer on Saudi affairs and chair of the board of trustees at RAND Corp., said US support for the Yemen war is likely to be the focus of congressional criticism but won't endanger a relationship that has endured for decades, underpinned by shared strategic interests. "The free world deserves answers".

But the ultra-conservative kingdom, which won plaudits in June for lifting a ban on women driving, has drawn heavy criticism for its handling of dissent.

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