Published: Tue, October 09, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Turkish officials say Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi murdered in Saudi consulate

Turkish officials say Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi murdered in Saudi consulate

"If Khashoggi was indeed murdered inside a diplomatic facility, it is an act of terror that echoes Russian and Chinese tactics of extraterritorial, extrajudicial attacks on dissidents, meant to intimidate any who would speak out against the Saudi government, no matter where they may be, and giving the lie to official narratives of 'reform" in Saudi Arabia, ' said Summer Lopez, PEN America's senior director of free expression programs.

The Washington Post contributor, 59, vanished after an appointment with Saudi officials on Tuesday.

But Turkish police said they believe he was killed by a team of assassins who were sent to Istanbul and departed the same day.

The Turkish police in Istanbul has been keeping an eye on the comings and goings at the Saudi consulate since the time - according to the journalist's fiancee - Khashoggi entered the building.

Officials say they believe a hit squad of 15 men arrived from Saudi Arabia on September 29, were present in the building on the day of Khashoggi's disappearance and left shortly afterwards.

A Saudi Arabian journalist was murdered in an assassination operation at the country's Istanbul consulate, investigators believe.

Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said on Twitter she was "waiting for an official confirmation from the Turkish government to believe" the claims.

"His disappearance could exacerbate tense relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which worsened previous year after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Gulf States" isolation of Qatar "inhumane and against Islamic values.' In the spring, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described Turkey as one part of a 'triangle of evil' with Iran and Islamic extremists".

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman gave the update for the initial public offering in an interview with Bloomberg one month after Reuters reported Saudi Arabia had scrapped plans to list shares in the company.

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Erdogan told reporters that authorities were examining camera footage and airport records as part of their investigation into the disappearance last week of Khashoggi, who had been increasingly critical of Saudi Arabia's rulers. "We must get accustomed to such statements because they are directed to a certain voter base and made at a time of elections" in the United States, he went on to say.

The United States is seeking more information, a State Department official said. "Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist".

Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. And by mid afternoon on Sunday, no Turkish official had publicly accused Saudi Arabia of killing Khashoggi.

His criticisms appeared in both the Arab and Western press.

"We are now above $300 billion, we're getting close to $400 billion", he said.

Saudi Arabia, which ranks 169th out of 180 on RSF's World Press Freedom Index, has launched a modernisation campaign since Prince Mohammed's appointment as heir to the throne.

"I love working with him (Trump)", the crown-prince told the US-based Bloomberg publication, adding that the two leaders had "achieved a lot in the Middle East, especially against extremism, extremist ideologies, terrorism and Daesh (the Arabic acronym for the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant)". The prominent critic of the country's policy in the Yemen war was an editor of a newspaper in Saudi Arabia and adviser to the country's former head of intelligence.

The ultra-conservative kingdom in June lifted a ban on women driving.

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