Turkish police believe journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate

Turkish police believe journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi consulate

An official, speaking to Reuters news agency, said Jamal Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder and his body removed from the consulate. The official strongly denounced these baseless allegations and expressed his doubt that they came from Turkish officials that are informed of the investigation or are authorized to comment on the issue.

However, the Arab source that spoke to Al Akhbar said Khashoggi had been taken out of another entrance to the consulate in a white vehicle in coordination with a Turkish security official.

The Turkish police in Istanbul has been keeping an eye on the entry and exits at the Saudi Consulate since the time, Khashoggi entered the building, his fiancée said.

Khashoggi's disappearance has drawn attention to Prince Salman's crackdowns on his critics.

Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, "did not come back out" of the building, police had told the state-run Anadolu news agency.

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

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dismissed remarks by Donald Trump in which the United States president said he had warned the king he would not last in power "for two weeks" without U.S. military backing and demanded he pay up.

The journalist has lived in self-imposed exile in Washington for the previous year, fearing retribution for his views on Saudi policies.

The prince said: "He's a Saudi citizen and we are very keen to know what happened to him".

The Saudi crown prince downplayed any apparent rift with the U.S. leader and said relations between the two allies remain strong. He served as an adviser to senior Saudi officials.

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"If Khashoggi was indeed murdered inside a diplomatic facility, it is an act of terror that echoes Russian and Chinese tactics of extraterritorial, extrajudicial attacks on dissidents, meant to intimidate any who would speak out against the Saudi government, no matter where they may be, and giving the lie to official narratives of "reform" in Saudi Arabia", said Summer Lopez, PEN America's senior director of free expression programs. And we will continue our dialogue with the Turkish government to see what happened to Jamal there. Turkey has supported Qatar amid a yearlong boycott by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over a political dispute.

The crown prince revealed that the kingdom's Public Investment Fund is planning to sell its 70% state in Sabic to Aramco "to have one huge mega company in that area in Saudi Arabia and around the world".

Ankara and Riyadh have given contradictory versions of the circumstances of Khashoggi's disappearance.

The Washington Post on Friday blanked out his column in support.

Human rights groups have urged Riyadh to shed light on Khashoggi's whereabouts.

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On Saturday Saudi Arabia's consul-general in Istanbul, Mohammad al-Otaibi, opened up his mission to Reuters to show that Khashoggi was not on the premises, and said talk of his abduction was groundless.

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