The mysterious case of the missing Saudi journalist

The mysterious case of the missing Saudi journalist

Turkish authorities are set to search the site after announcing that Saudi Arabia had declared itself "open to co-operation" in the investigation, but no date has been announced for the search. They checked into two hotels near the consulate and booked rooms for three nights. Its passengers went straight to the consulate and then left in the evening for Egypt.

Turkish officials said they had concrete evidence missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, with a friend of the prominent writer saying they think he might have been dismembered.

'It is like Pulp Fiction, ' a Turkish official told the Times.

But Erdogan himself has not publicly accused Saudi Arabia of killing Khashoggi. One was an autopsy expert.

"We don't know what has happened to him".

The Saudi writer spent past year in the U.S.in self-imposed exile, after he fled the kingdom amid a crackdown on intellectuals and activists who criticized the policies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally. It was not clear whether the Saudis meant to arrest and interrogate Khashoggi or to kill him, or if the United States warned Khashoggi that he was a target, this person said.

The newspaper said that two private Gulfstream IV planes belonging to a charter service that has often worked with the Saudi government, Sky Prime Aviation, took off from Riyadh on the morning of October 2 carrying 15 passengers - all intelligence agents or government officials.

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One of the two planes that transported 15 Saudis was searched by Turkish authorities before leaving Turkey for Dubai. Riyadh denies that and claims he left the compound on his own.

Mr Hunt's intervention followed the publication of a CCTV image apparently showing Mr Khashoggi walking into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, just before he went missing. That team was sent "specifically for the murder", a person with knowledge of the Turkish investigation tells the Post.

"The premises are sovereign territory, but we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do". A hotel worker confirmed that the group checked in Tuesday. If there was evidence of a crime there, it will have been cleaned up days ago.

Saudi Arabia continued to disclaim any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate and even to express concern for his safety.

Last year, Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia in fear of retribution, and he's been living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. Security camera footage shows boxes being loaded into the van, which carried diplomatic number plates. Investigators have also examined footage that covers the rear of the mission. It came as Turkish newspaper Sabah published the identities of the 15 men. Salman said Turkish officials were welcome to search the building, insisting, "We have nothing to hide".

Behind a gate next to the front entrance is a covered vehicle port, out of the view of cameras.

Still, Khashoggi's disappearance gives Democrats in particular an opportunity to shine the spotlight on Trump's good rapport with authoritarian leaders. The building is topped with the Saudi emblem of golden crossed swords and a palm tree.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday urged the Saudis to back up their claim that Mr Khashoggi left the consulate. "I don't like hearing about it", Trump told reporters at the White House on October 8.

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