Friday 16 November 2018

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.

Security guards enter Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul (Petros Giannakouris/AP)
Security guards enter Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul (Petros Giannakouris/AP)

By Suzan Fraser

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.

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This image taken from CCTV video obtained by the Turkish newspaper Hurriyet purportedly shows journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate (Hurriyet/AP)

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.

Press Association

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