Erdogan adviser says missing Saudi journalist killed in Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Erdogan adviser says missing Saudi journalist killed in Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Erdogan adviser says missing Saudi journalist killed in Saudi consulate in Istanbul

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said, Sunday, that he is hoping for a positive outcome on case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared last week, adding that he was personally following the matter.

Jamal Khashoggi, journalist and regular columnist for the Washington Post, has been missing since he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The Committee to Protect Journalists said it was alarmed by reports Khashoggi may have been killed inside the consulate.

The Washington Post reports that Turkish investigators now believe that a 15-member murder team sent in from Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi inside the consulate.

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. That's confirmed. We asked them [the Saudis], they say 'he left, ' but there is no such thing on the camera footage.

Amnesty International called on Saudi authorities to "immediately disclose the evidence supporting their claim that Jamal Khashoggi left the consulate last Tuesday, otherwise their claims are utterly baseless and only exacerbate suspicions that they are indeed detaining him in what would amount to an enforced disappearance".

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said on Sunday he was "saddened" by Khashoggi's disappearance and meant to wait for the results of an investigation.

The journalist said he had been banned from writing in the pan-Arab Al-Hayat newspaper, owned by Saudi prince Khaled bin Sultan al-Saud, over his defence of the Muslim Brotherhood which Riyadh has blacklisted as a terrorist organisation.

Self-exiled Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi said earlier this year that the Saudi government has been moving toward nationalist radicalism.

"Everything is being inspected, especially entries and exits out of Istanbul, the airport", he said.

'Jamal was - or, as we hope, is - a committed, courageous journalist.

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The journalist's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said on Twitter she was "waiting for an official confirmation from the Turkish government" before she could believe the claims.

Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi national, went missing after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday.

"It is very, very upsetting for us that it happened in our country", he said.

Over the past year, he has written columns for newspapers including the Washington Post criticizing Saudi policies toward Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen and a crackdown on dissent which has seen dozens of people detained.

"Whatever comes of this, we will be the ones to declare it to the world", Erdogan added.

Saudi Arabia has since March 2015 spearheaded a regional military intervention in Yemen, in support of a government that is fighting rebels backed by Riyadh's arch-rival Iran.

An unnamed Turkish official told the Reuters news agency on Saturday that Turkish police believed Khashoggi had been killed and his body removed from the building.

The prince took to his Twitter to express his concern about the disappearance of the Washington Post opinion writer.

Pressed on how he would regard Trump's humiliating rhetoric against Saudi Arabia, the crown prince described the controversial remarks as a "bad issue" offset by "99 percent of good things".

Convinced that he faced no official threat from the powerful crown prince, and feeling pressure from his future father-in-law to get the marriage process rolling, Khashoggi believed the odds were with him.

Throughout his career he has been critical of authorities, frequently defending moderate Islamists and criticising Saudi foreign policy in the Middle East, particularly in Egypt and Syria.

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