Turkey asks to search Saudi consulate for missing journo

A TV journalist reports outside the Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul Turkey

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Khashoggi, a wealthy former government insider who had been living in the U.S.in self-imposed exile, had gone to the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get paperwork he needed for his upcoming marriage while his Turkish fiancee waited outside. His fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, had waited outside. The Washington Post is leading calls to uncover the truth, calling the incident, if true, a "monstrous crime".

Saudi officials meant to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reported the source as saying, but it was unclear what they meant to do with him - and whether the US ever warned Khashoggi of the threat he faced.

The image was given to the Post by someone close to the Turkish investigation and released by the United States daily soon after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the Saudis to prove he left the consulate unharmed.

Turkey says it will conduct a search of the Istanbul consulate, while Saudi Arabia's foreign ministry said the country was "open to co-operation" and a search of the building could go ahead.

More reformer, less revolutionary.

Erdogan's comments were his most direct suggestion yet of potential Saudi culpability in Khashoggi's disappearance.

The New York Times reported Tuesday that Jamal Khashoggi, an American resident and a columnist for the Washington Post, was killed by the Saudi Arabian government, according to Turkish officials.

A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance.

President Donald Trump demanded answers Wednesday from Saudi Arabia about the fate of a missing Saudi writer as lawmakers pushed for sanctions and a top Republican said the man was likely killed after entering a Saudi consulate in Turkey.

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The foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, has warned Saudi Arabia that its friendship with the United Kingdom depends on shared values, after he demanded answers over claims that a Saudi hit squad may have played a role in the disappearance and possible killing of Jamal Khashoggi.

The European Union fully supports US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who called on Riyadh to investigate Khashoggi's disappearance, EU policy chief Federica Mogherini said.

Khashoggi was previously a prominent newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and an adviser to a former head of intelligence. Critics have already decried a wave of attacks on dissenting voices, including women who may be facing the death penalty for their activism.

"If Mr Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate, it will cast the Saudi regime and its de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, in a new and disturbing light and require a thorough reevaluation of US-Saudi relations", the newspaper said in an op-ed.

One of the two planes that transported 15 Saudis was searched by Turkish authorities before leaving Turkey for Dubai. "Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist".

"I don't know how I can keep living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey", Cengiz wrote. He moved to the USA more than a year ago, where he continued his commentary about his country both in print and on television.

"We don't know what has happened to him. Yet we are the enemy." .

"The Saudi authorities must immediately give a full and credible accounting of what happened to Khashoggi inside its diplomatic mission", CPJ said in a statement.

Bad blood. Turkey and Saudi Arabia were not on good terms even before the current imbroglio. Whatever comes of this, we will be the ones to declare it to the world. That team was sent "specifically for the murder", a person with knowledge of the Turkish investigation tells the Post.

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