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Protest staged in Istanbul for missing Saudi journalist

08 October, 2018, 17:11 | Author: Ted Wilson
  • Consul General of Saudi Arabia Mohammad al Otaibi gives a tour of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul Turkey

"His disappearance could exacerbate tense relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, which worsened past year after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called the Gulf States" isolation of Qatar "inhumane and against Islamic values.' In the spring, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman described Turkey as one part of a 'triangle of evil' with Iran and Islamic extremists".

A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Police said about 15 Saudis, including officials, came to Istanbul on two private flights on Tuesday and were at the consulate at the same time as the journalist.

"My sense is that he has been killed.in the consulate", Aktay said.

Khashoggi's fiancee could not immediately be contacted but she said in a Tweet that there had been no official confirmation of the Turkish sources' statements.

Turkish officials made the accusation on Sunday.

"No Turkish media mentioned the Reuters news regarding Khashoggi. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", said the official.

Five days after a prominent Saudi journalist went missing at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, there are still more questions than answers. It has allowed journalists into the consulate to show Mr Khashoggi is not there, reportedly even opening cupboards. Both spoke on condition of anonymity as the investigation was ongoing. "But neither government has released any video", The Washington Post's Kareem Fahim reported Saturday. "I believe that the greatest threat facing the Gulf countries and their oil is a president such as Trump who sees nothing in us apart from the oil wells", Khashoggi wrote. "We hope this has not now spread overseas". "He writes out of a sense of love for his country and deep faith in human dignity and freedom".

Saudi Journalist and Washington Post Columnist Jamal Khashoggi, he is believed to have been murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul some time between 2 and 7 October 2018.

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The Saudi government vehemently denied those reports.

The 59-year-old former government adviser visited the consulate on Tuesday to obtain paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, who was reportedly waiting outside the building for him. The consulate insists the writer left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials.

In May previous year, US President Donald Trump signed the largest arms deal with the Gulf kingdom in history.

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.

"The country has seen the blacklisting of those who dare raise their voices, the imprisonment of moderately critical intellectuals and religious figures, and the alleged anti-corruption crackdown on royals and other business leaders".

On Sunday, Erdogan did not directly repeat the investigators' fears about Khashoggi being dead when talking to reporters following a meeting of his Justice and Development Party in Ankara, Turkey's capital.

He said police were examining CCTV footage of entrances and exits at the consulate and Istanbul airport.

Erdogan promised to follow up personally on the case of Khashoggi, whom he referred to as "a journalist and a friend".

"We hope to have results very quickly", Erdogan said.

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