Jamal Khashoggi Was Allegedly Killed Inside Saudi Consulate in Turkey

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Prominent journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi was reportedly killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in what the paper's sources are calling "a preplanned murder".

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.

The sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out.

Saudi Arabia's consul-general previously said his country was helping to search for Mr Khashoggi and dismissed talk of abduction.

Lebanon's Al Akhbar newspaper cited an Arab source as saying Saudi Arabia had informed Turkey that Khashoggi was now in the Saudi capital Riyadh.

Fearing he would be arrested or banned from traveling outside the kingdom, Mr. Khashoggi left his home country previous year and moved to Washington, D.C., where he lived in self-imposed exile. He has not been heard from since.

Khashoggi has retained ambiguous ties to Saudi authorities, having held advisory positions in Riyadh and Washington - including to Prince Turki al-Faisal, who ran Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency for more than 20 years.

Khashoggi is known to have been critical of the Saudi domestic and foreign policies.

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"Ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we've bought everything with money", he further said, adding that since Trump came to power, the kingdom chose to purchase over 60 percent of its needed armament from the U.S. "for the next 10 years".

Khashoggi, who contributed to The Washington Post's Global Opinions section, left his phone with her, along with instructions that she should call a member of Turkey's governing party if he did not emerge.

Khashoggi fled from Saudi Arabia in September 2017, months after Prince Mohammed was appointed heir to the throne, amid a campaign that saw dozens of dissidents arrested including intellectuals and Islamic preachers.

If confirmed, Khashoggi's murder would "constitute a horrific, utterly deplorable, and absolutely unacceptable assault on press freedom", the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said on Twitter.

A Turkish security source told Reuters that a group of 15 Saudi nationals, including some officials, had arrived in Istanbul in two planes and entered the consulate on the same day Khashoggi was there, and later left the country.

A Saudi source at the consulate denied that Khashoggi had been killed at the mission and said in a statement that the accusations were baseless.

Prince bin Salman told Bloomberg: "He's a Saudi citizen and we are very keen to know what happened to him. I can speak when so many cannot". "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.

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