Oct 10, 2018 09:46 Asia/Tehran
  • Anonymous Turkish Official: Missing Saudi journalist killed on order of Riyadh

Top Turkish security officials have concluded that the Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on order of Riyadh regime. 

Iran PressMiddle East:  A Turkish official told the New York Times on the condition of anonymity that a team of Saudi agents killed the 59-year-old writer within two hours of his arrival at the consulate, and then dismembered his body with a bone saw they had brought for the purpose.

The official described a quick and complex operation in which Mr. Khashoggi was killed within two hours of his arrival at the consulate.

Turkish pro-government newspaper Sabah said on Wednesday it had identified a 15-member intelligence team it said was involved in the disappearance of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was last seen a week ago entering the consulate in Istanbul to get documents related to his forthcoming marriage. His fiancée, waiting outside, said he never emerged.

Security camera footage was removed from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and Turkish staff were abruptly told to take a holiday on the day the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared while inside the building, Turkish authorities have claimed.

Sabah newspaper published the names and years of birth of 15 Saudis it said arrived at Istanbul’s Ataturk airport on Oct. 2. Twelve of them arrived early on the Tuesday, based on photos captured at passport control which it published.

On Monday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said officials from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul must “prove” that Khashoggi made exit from the mission.

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The United Nations human rights office has called on Turkey and Saudi Arabia to properly investigate the fate of Saudi dissent journalist.

The United Nations said Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed worry about journalists’ issues

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Khashoggi, 59, had been both a consummate Saudi insider and a bold critic during his career. He was at one time the editor of a major Saudi newspaper, at another an adviser to Saudi ambassadors in Britain and the United States.

He was known to journalists as someone who could explain the politics of the House of Saud and its several thousand princes. But with the ascent last year of Prince Mohammed, who is known for ruthless suppression of any opposition or criticism,  Khashoggi became a critic in self-imposed exile.


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