Missing journalist reportedly killed in 'barbaric way' at Saudi consulate

Turkey launches probe into Saudi journalist's disappearance

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi 'was killed inside Saudi consulate'

Turkey has concluded that Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent journalist from Saudi Arabia, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this week by a Saudi team sent "specifically for the murder", two people with knowledge of the probe said on Saturday.

According to Ms Cengiz, Mr Khashoggi had visited the consulate to receive an official document for his marriage.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency carried a statement from the Istanbul Consulate that 'strongly denounced these baseless allegations, and expressed his doubt that they came from Turkish officials that are informed of the investigation or are authorised to comment on the issue'. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", one of the sources, a Turkish official, told Reuters.

Another official confirmed the story.

Khashoggi maintained ties with Saudi elites, including those in its intelligence apparatus, and launched a satellite news channel, Al-Arab, from Bahrain in 2015 with the backing of Saudi billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal. He returned to the consulate Tuesday, at about 1:30 p.m., concerned that he might not be allowed to leave, his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said.

It goes on to say that a "security delegation of Saudi investigators" arrived in Istanbul on Saturday, and that they were there to assist in investigating Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported Saturday that the Istanbul public prosecutor's office had opened a probe into Khashoggi's disappearance.

Fearing he would be arrested or banned from traveling outside the kingdom, Mr. Khashoggi left his home country past year and moved to Washington, D.C., where he lived in self-imposed exile.

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"We have reached out to anyone we think might be able to help locate him and assure his safety, including US, Turkish and Saudi officials", the Post's Fred Hiatt said in a statement. On Wednesday, the Turkish foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador and asked for an explanation about the disappearance.

A spokesperson for the US State Department said: "We are not in a position to confirm these reports, but we are closely following the situation".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Friday pledged that an Aramco IPO will happen in the coming three years in an interview with Bloomberg.

A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper and a short-lived Saudi TV news channel, Mr Khashoggi was for years seen as close to the Saudi royal family.

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

Turkish President Tayyip 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.

But the ultra-conservative kingdom, which won plaudits in June for lifting a ban on women driving, has drawn heavy criticism for its handling of dissent.

Khashoggi was born in the western Saudi city of Medina, revered in Islam as the burial place of the Prophet Mohammed.

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