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Turkish Police Believe Saudi Journalist Was Killed at Consulate

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
Leonard Rios | 07 October, 2018, 18:00

Authorities in Turkey have indicated that Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist known for his criticism of then kingdom, could have been killed at Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul where went missing in on Tuesday.

'Based on their initial findings, the police believe that the journalist was killed by a team especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day, ' the government source told AFP on Saturday.

The Saudi crown prince downplayed any apparent rift with the U.S. leader and said relations between the two allies remain strong.

Saudi Arabia's consul-general rejected claims about a possible abduction, telling Reuters that his country was helping search for Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia has insisted that Khashoggi left the consulate before his disappearance.

His interview came a day after Trump told a cheering crowd of supporters at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, that Saudi King Salman would not last in power unless the USA provided military support for the Arab kingdom.

She said Mr Khashoggi was required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions. "Until otherwise demonstrated, he is still inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and the Saudi authorities are responsible for his safety and well-being", she said in a statement.

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Jamal Khashoggi and the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials also told him they "have evidence he was killed in a barbaric way" and dismembered. For years he was seen as being close to the Saudi royal family.

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Khashoggi may have been considered especially risky by the Saudi leadership, analysts said. Mr Khashoggi is closely aligned to the Turkish ruling party AKP. While he applauded the social reforms spearheaded by the leadership-such as the decision to allow women to drive-he spoke out against the crackdown against the shrinking space for freedom of speech in Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi, who has lived in self-imposed exile in Washington for the past year fearing retribution for his critical views on Saudi policies, entered the consulate on Tuesday to secure documentation for his forthcoming marriage, according to his fiancée, who waited outside.

"I do miss home very much".

And it's not restricted to Saudi Arabia. I wasn't a critic, I wasn't an activist-I wasn't even against the government. And Saudi Arabia and OPEC and non-OPEC countries, they've produced 1.5 million barrels a day.

US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the Oval Office at the White House in Washington, US March 20, 2018.

Prince Salman's interview came a day after Trump told a crowd of supporters at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, that Saudi King Salman would not last in power unless the U.S. provided military support for the kingdom.

Saudi authorities dismissed the allegation as "baseless".

Turkish investigators believe a 15-member team "came from Saudi Arabia".

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