Saudis murdered journalist in Istanbul consulate, says Turkey

Cheryl Sanders
October 7, 2018

"The 33-year-old crown prince went on to say that Saudi Arabia had agreed to buy $110 billion worth of United States weapons and signed investment deals worth billions more, some "$400 billion" in total, since Trump took office in early 2017, and described the deals as "a good achievement" for Trump.

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

Saudi Arabia's consul-general told Reuters on Saturday that his country was helping in the search for Khashoggi, and dismissed talk of his possible abduction. While Turkish authorities said there was no evidence he left the Saudi consulate, Saudi authorities claimed that he exited the diplomatic mission the same day.

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.

The Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

The Associated Press also reported, citing a Turkish official, that detectives' "initial assessment" was that Khashoggi was killed at the consulate.

FILE PHOTO: A demonstrator holds picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018.

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.

Over the a year ago, Khashoggi had repeatedly criticised the Saudi leadership, including the arrests of female right's activists who had campaigned to allow women the right to drive.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old veteran journalist who has lived in self-imposed exile in the US since Prince Mohammed's rise to power, disappeared October 2 while on a visit to the consulate to get paperwork done to be married to his Turkish fiancée. "But every time I hear about another arrest or about a friend who is travel banned, I am grateful I am here", he told The Wall Street Journal in May, speaking from Washington.

"We protect Saudi Arabia".

The crown prince insisted that the kingdom has always paid for armaments from the US.

Successive waves of arrests have targeted what the government said were corrupt businessmen, clerics plotting against the monarchy, and women's rights activists branded as traitors.

In his opinion articles, Khashoggi has been critical of some policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected to release a statement on Sunday, according to The Guardian. Turkey has supported Qatar amid a yearlong boycott by Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates over a political dispute.

The killing, if confirmed, would mark a startling escalation of Saudi Arabia's effort to silence dissent.

"Saudi Arabia's appreciation for the brotherly Turkish government's acceptance of the request".

Saudi Arabia had vehemently denied that Khashoggi was detained after he entered the consulate.

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

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