Turkey demands access to consulate where Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. — File

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. — File

Police said earlier that around 15 Saudis, including officials, arrived in Istanbul on two flights on Tuesday and were at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi.

'If Saudi authorities wish to counter these claims, they must produce Khashoggi immediately.

"If the reports of Jamal's murder are true, it is a monstrous and unfathomable act", the Washington Post's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement.

When was he last seen?

Tamimi said Khashoggi had sought the document necessary to remarry in Turkey since his exile from Saudi Arabia had resulted in a divorce.

Mr Khashoggi reportedly left his phone with her - plus instructions to call a member of Turkey's governing party if he failed to return. Turkish police quickly said he never left the building as there was no security footage of his departure.

'Jamal is not dead! Turkey, it said, must back up its conclusion Khashoggi was killed by making public any evidence it has. "There's no difference between the state terror and other terror actions", she added. "As the president of the Turkish Republic I am following it, chasing it and, whatever conclusions come from here, we will inform the world about it", he said.

A senior Turkish police source told Middle East Eye that police believed that Khashoggi was "brutally tortured, killed and cut into pieces" inside the consulate after visiting the building on October 2.

Turkish authorities suspect Khashoggi was murdered while inside the building, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says he is now personally involved in the case. the BBC reported.

What have the Saudis said?

Saudi officials say the allegations are baseless, although the journalist, 59-year-old Jamal Khashoggi, has not been seen for days. It has allowed reporters into the consulate to show Mr Khashoggi is not there.

Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman said that Turkish authorities were free to search the premises for the missing journalist and insisted that Saudi Arabia has "nothing to hide". It is very, very upsetting for us that it happened in our country.

She accused Saudi Arabia of "state terrorism" and called on the global community to take action against the kingdom.

Recall that in June of past year, several Arab states - including Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Egypt and United Arab Emirates (UAE) - broke relations with Qatar and imposed an air, sea and land blockade on Qatar. But if proven, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi would be the most serious diplomatic crisis between the two in living memory.

The journalist said he had been banned from writing in the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper, owned by Saudi prince Khaled bin Sultan al-Saud, over his defence of the Muslim Brotherhood which Riyadh has blacklisted as a terrorist organisation. "The crown prince must bring an end to the violence and restore the dignity of the birthplace of Islam".

Although Khashoggi was planning to move to Istanbul, he was also a legal resident of the United States and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. Khashoggi, after all, is more than just one man-he represents the best hopes for further reform in Saudi Arabia and for responsible checks on the power and hubris of the kingdom's reckless crown prince.

The organization wrote that Saudi Arabia "channels funds to media organizations all over the world" including the United Kingdom - and that the funding usually takes the form of outright donations or the buying up of thousands of subscriptions, as was the case when a struggling Lebanese TV network adopted a pro-Saudi editorial policy after taking a $2 million bailout from Riyadh. He served as an adviser to senior Saudi officials. Saudi Arabia has denied harming Khashoggi.

"I have left my home, my family and my job, and I am raising my voice". "To do otherwise would betray those who languish in prison". She told the newspaper, "I can not think such an incident is acceptable to happen in Turkey".

The Washington Post on Friday blanked out his column in support.

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