Turkish-Saudi team arrive to search consulate where journalist disappeared
Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has not been seen since setting foot in the building.
A joint Saudi-Turkish team has entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to search it, nearly two weeks after the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The team arrived on Monday afternoon to the consulate in Istanbul’s fourth Levent neighbourhood as journalists filmed and took photographs of their arrival.
It was unclear what kind of search the officials will conduct and if it will involve forensics, especially since Mr Khashoggi disappeared on October 2.
A cleaning crew walked into the consulate hours ahead of the investigative team’s arrival.
Turkish officials have said they fear a Saudi hit team killed and dismembered Mr Khashoggi, who wrote columns in the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The kingdom has called such allegations “baseless” but has not offered any evidence Mr Khashoggi ever left the consulate.