Saudi Journalist Killed, Dismembered at Consulate in Istanbul


Yemeni Nobel Prize victor Tawakkol Karman, centre, participates at a demonstration for missing Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi organized by the Turkish-Arabic Media Association in front of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 5.

"His friends had warned him "don't go there, it is not safe" but he said they could not do anything to him in Turkey", said Atkay, adding that he still hoped the allegations of his friend's death were untrue.

Saudi officials have denied allegations that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate, calling them "baseless".

The source also stated that a security delegation of Saudi investigators arrived in Istanbul on Saturday based upon a request by the Saudi government, and the acceptance of the Turkish authorities. Khashoggi, say Turkish officials, was tortured, then killed and his body smuggled out of the consulate, all under the nose of local agencies.

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Mr Kislakci said: "They confirmed two things: He was killed and his body was dismembered".

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The Saudi authorities say Mr Khashoggi left the consulate shortly after entering to collect some official paperwork.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday he still had been following developments with "good expectations" for the situation and he hoped not to "come across a situation that is undesirable". "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. In the past year, Khashoggi was living in exile in Washington, DC and wrote for The Washington Post.

Commenting for the first time on the matter, Erdogan told reporters: "I am following the issue, and we will inform the world of the outcome of the official probe, which was launched on Saturday".

"The entries and exits from the consulate are. all being investigated now and being followed and all departures and arrivals from the airport are all being followed and our police force is controlling them and at the same time various units of our police chasing it", he said.

Turkish officials said Khashoggi never left the consulate, but during an interview with Bloomberg Wednesday, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said he entered and left "after a few minutes or one hour". And by mid afternoon on Sunday, no Turkish official had publicly accused Saudi Arabia of killing Khashoggi. "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.

In the September 23 interview, he called Saudi Arabia's foreign policy "narrow minded", and ridiculed its crackdown on political Islam, urging the kingdom to realign its policy to partner with Turkey, a close Qatar ally.

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He also criticized his government's diplomatic break with Qatar and war on Yemen as well as Riyadh's policy toward its archenemy, Iran, whose influence has grown in neighboring Yemen and in Syria.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate to obtain documents needed to marry his Turkish fiancee.

The Washington Post chose to leave a blank space where Khashoggi's column would have been in its Friday edition in support of the missing writer.

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