Saudis to Turkey: Search our consulate for missing WaPo columnist, dissenter

Saudis to Turkey: Search our consulate for missing WaPo columnist, dissenter

Saudis to Turkey: Search our consulate for missing WaPo columnist, dissenter

Turkey sought permission Monday from Saudi Arabia to search Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul, looking for clues to the disappearance of a Saudi Arabian journalist whom Turkish officials have concluded was murdered inside the diplomatic outpost.

Fears are growing over the fate of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Turkish officials said they believe he was murdered inside the Saudi consulate.

While Riyadh claimed he had left the consulate after his visit, Turkish police said Khashoggi did not emerge from the building.

The two Turkish sources told Reuters that Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi was deliberately killed inside the consulate, a view echoed by one of Erdogan's advisers, Yasin Aktay, who is a friend of the Saudi journalist.

Aktay said bin Salman's decision to allow the inspection of the building several days after Khashoggi's disappearance showed "contempt for Turkey". The consulate officials said that he left shortly after entering the consulate but his fiancee said she did not see him coming out. While the oil-rich kingdom is spending millions of dollars to paint the crown prince as a reformist moderate, Congress is increasingly concerned over the humanitarian impact of the US-backed Saudi-led war in Yemen while Trump himself has ripped Riyadh amid rising oil prices.

The Saudi government, he said, was "fully cooperating" in the Turkish government's investigation.

"We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation".

Turkey reportedly says it is scouring road cameras for a black van believed to have carried Mr Khashoggi's body from the consulate, while the Washington Post released CCTV footage of the journalist entering the building on Monday.

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The Washington Post columnist entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get documents for his forthcoming marriage while his Turkish fiancee waited outside for him. Though wary of each other, Saudi Arabia and Turkey have traditionally tried to avoid public spats.

Two months later, writing about the detentions of scores of Saudi royals, senior officials and businessmen accused of corruption, he said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dispensed "selective justice" and said there was "complete intolerance for even mild criticism" of the crown prince. It was not immediately clear whether the second plane, pictured here, which left Istanbul for Egypt, was also searched. There are some pretty bad stories going around. He left Saudi Arabia a year ago after he said the authorities had instructed him to stop posting on Twitter.

Khashoggi, a former Saudi government adviser, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since previous year fearing possible arrest.

The former government adviser, who turns 60 on October 13, has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since previous year to avoid possible arrest.

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.

"If reports of his death and the extraordinary circumstances leading up to it are true, this is truly shocking", she said.

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

Some analysts said the women's arrests were not "surprising" and were in line with Saudi Arabia's top-down vision - that change only comes from the throne.

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