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Turkish Investigators to Search Saudi Consulate in Disappearance of Saudi Journalist

10 October 2018, 01:50 | Erica Roy

Almost a week since Khashoggi disappeared, Recep Tayyip Erdogan stepped up his calls for Riyadh to explain what happened to the high-profile critic of the Saudi leadership.

That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter a consulate and search it shows the growing worldwide pressure the kingdom faces over the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Arabia and contributor to the Washington Post.

The first plane was carrying the part of the Saudi team that was awaiting Khashoggi at the consulate, investigators believe, when he arrived at 1:14pm.to collect a document he needed for his upcoming marriage. As a columnist for the Washington Post, Khashoggi has criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his policies.

The Saudis have called the allegations "baseless", insisting Khashoggi left the building through an exit that wasn't the main building. "And that happened", the crown prince told Bloomberg on Friday in a wide-ranging interview.

While Riyadh claimed he had left the consulate after his visit, Turkish police said Khashoggi did not emerge from the building. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying 'he has left, '" the Turkish president added.

Fifteen Saudi agents had arrived on two charter flights last Tuesday, the day Khashoggi disappeared, the official said.

A Turkish official said the Saudi ambassador met with Deputy Foreign Minister Sedat Onal on Sunday at the ministry.

Riyadh has denied Khashoggi was killed or detained on its Istanbul premises, and claims that the veteran journalist left the consulate shortly after entering.

Turkey conveyed its expectation of "full cooperation" from Riyadh in search of Khashoggi, Anadolu Agency reported.


The Foreign Office would face charges of hypocrisy if, after its outrage over the attempted assassination by Russian Federation of the former spy Sergei Skripal in Salisbury, it remained silent over an alleged murder by the Saudi government.

Turkish officials have previously said they believe that Khashoggi, a prominent journalist and critic of the Saudi government, was killed inside the consulate. Given America's silence about the extortion of detainees' funds to secure their release, MBS must be confident that the Trump administration "will do nothing about human rights violations in Saudi Arabia", Riedel wrote, adding, "He is probably right".

President Donald Trump also publicly expressed concern over the reports surrounding Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the investigation was "continuing intensively", and that the Vienna Convention allowed for consulates to be searched by the authorities of the host country with the consent of the mission chief.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called on Saudi Arabia to support a thorough, transparent investigation.

Khashoggi's disappearance could put pressure on the Saudi prince, who has promoted an image of himself as a reformer and a reliable Western ally.

That Saudi Arabia would allow foreigners to enter a consulate and search it shows the growing worldwide pressure the kingdom faces over the disappearance of Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post.

Turkey has requested a search of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, after saying that a journalist was murdered within its walls.

It was the second time in two days that the ambassador had been questioned by the Foreign Office about what the Saudi royal family may know about Khashoggi's disappearance.



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