Saudi Journalist Killed, Dismembered at Consulate in Istanbul

Turkey believes journalist killed in Saudi consulate

Jeddah - Following a meeting held by the Khashoggi family, a prominent clan in Saudi Arabia, in Jeddah on Sunday, its legal advisor, Motasem Khashoggi told Al Arabiya English that the family is regularly in touch with the Saudi government regarding the case of Saudi citizen Jamal Khashoggi who has disappeared in Turkey.

Turkish security officials were working to identify the 15 individuals, English-language state broadcaster TRT World reported, adding that Turkish officials believe the Saudis may have taken the consulate's CCTV footage with them when they returned to Saudi Arabia. Right now, nobody knows anything about it, but there's some pretty bad stories going around.

Jeremy Hunt summoned the Saudi ambassador demanding "urgent answers" about the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, the country's most famous journalist, after he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last week. Their ambassador to the United States insists that he personally had a friendly relationship with Khashoggi and remained in contact whenever both of them were in Washington. Jamal is a Saudi citizen who went missing after leaving the Consulate.

Vice President Mike Pence said he was "deeply troubled" about reports of Khashoggi's fate.

"We call on the government of Saudi Arabia to support a thorough investigation of Mr Khashoggi's disappearance and to be transparent about the results of that investigation", Pompeo said in a statement.

"Consulate officials can not save themselves by saying that he left the building", Mr Erdogan told a news conference on Monday.

Turkish president Erdogan says he has positive expectations on his condition.

"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 official told AFP on Saturday, October 6.

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Turkey had earlier said Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate.

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. He entered the consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. "It is (the duty) of the consulate officials", Mr Erdogan said during a visit to Hungary.

In his first remarks about the disappearance, President Trump told reporters Monday afternoon that he was concerned.

Protesters gathered outside the Saudi consulate Monday demanding to know what had happened to Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia is a longtime ally of the United States, but on Monday senior US officials expressed alarm over Khashoggi's disappearance.

Erdogan, whose AK Party is rooted in political Islam, also supported a government in Egypt led by the Muslim Brotherhood, which Saudi Arabia has designated a terrorist movement.

Saudis are, perhaps, trying to flawless their excellence in furtherance of their plans and the world must expect more covert operations by Saudi Arabia in a not-so-distant future with Iran as its primary target.

"As if the Saudi authorities were asleep and there was a odd silence at a time when the news of Khashoggi's disappearance was spread in the world", he noted.

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