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10 October, 2018, 12:28 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Saudi journalist 'killed in pre-planned murder at Istanbul consulate'

Turkish authorities believe Jamal Khashoggi, the missing Saudi Arabian journalist, was murdered inside the Kingdom's Istanbul consulate by a "special team" sent from Riyadh for the goal.

The statement said, "Reports that a team flew in from Saudi Arabia expressly to carry out a "planned murder" in the Consulate are cause for extreme alarm after Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance since entering the building on 2 October". Human rights campaigners have also demanded that the Saudi authorities clarify the issue.

The 59-year-old Khashoggi went missing Tuesday while on a visit to the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiance.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said that his country existed decades before the US.

'If the reports of Jamal's murder are true, it is a monstrous and unfathomable act, ' the Washington Post's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement.

"We hope it will end as soon as possible". He notes that he is a patriot who loves his country and would have likely agreed and supported numerous social and economic reforms promoted by the Crown Prince, but he could not stay silent to the massive muzzling of free-thinking Saudis that serves to keep the spotlight on MBS as the sole giver of reforms.

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post who has lived in self-imposed exile in the USA since previous year to avoid possible arrest, was reported missing by his Turkish fiancee.

A Turkish official, requesting anonymity to discuss the ongoing investigation, told the AP earlier Saturday night something similar. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", a Turkish official told Reuters on Saturday.

He entered the consulate to get documents for his forthcoming marriage with his Turkish fiance, who was waiting outside.

On Twitter, Khashoggi's fiancee wrote, "Jamal is not dead". I believe it will be above US$2 trillion.

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The journalist went to the building on an administrative errand but "did not come back out", police told Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency. It added the investigation over allegations that the writer was detained had "deepened", without elaborating.

After months of setbacks, the global and domestic legs of the IPO were pulled, as the prince's father King Salman stepped in to shelve it, three sources with ties to government insiders told Reuters in late August.

A former government adviser who has been critical of some policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen, Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since a year ago to avoid possible arrest.

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia past year, saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

If Aramco had developed a separate petrochemical business, Sabic would have definitely suffered, Prince Mohammed said, partly because Aramco provides Sabic with the bulk of the fuel it processes into chemicals.

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.

Since then, Turkish and Saudi officials have offered conflicting accounts of his disappearance, with Ankara saying there was no evidence that he had left the diplomatic mission and Riyadh saying he exited the premises the same day.

He added that the fund, with more than 50 percent of its investments located in Saudi Arabia, will be investing in more places next year.

According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty against her and her husband, and three other rights activists.

Press freedom groups likewise have decried Khashoggi's disappearance. Following the initial announcement by Turkish sources of Khashoggi's killing, she tweeted in Arabic her refusal to believe that is the case.

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