Saudi Journalist Killed, Dismembered at Consulate in Istanbul

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What's more, Turkish police believe the hit on the troublesome dissident was carried out by a team of assassins "especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day", an unnamed government source told AFP on Saturday.

We begin with a developing story from here in Turkey where officials reportedly believe a prominent Saudi journalist has been murdered inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", a Turkish official said. Would you say they're rich? "Jamal is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working to search for him", consul-general Mohammad al-Otaiba told Reuters.

Another police source told MEE: "The consulate is surrounded by cameras, no evidence of Khashoggi leaving was recorded on them".

The 59-year-old Khashoggi went missing Tuesday while on a visit to the consulate for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiance. He has not been heard from since.

Prince Mohammed said in an interview published by Bloomberg on Friday that the journalist had left the consulate and Turkish authorities could search the building, which is Saudi sovereign territory.

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The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, a press freedom organization, said that Saudi authorities "must immediately give a full and credible account of what happened to Khashoggi inside its diplomatic mission". "It was a preplanned murder", according to a source.

In a March 6 editorial in Britain's The Guardian newspaper co-authored with Robert Lacey, Khashoggi wrote: "For his domestic reform programme, the crown prince deserves praise".

Erdogan's adviser Aktay, who is also a friend of Khashoggi, told Reuters that Turkish authorities believed the group of 15 Saudi nationals were "most certainly involved" in his disappearance.

On Saturday, Trump said at a rally in West Virginia that although the Saudis have got trillions of dollars, we don't get what we should be getting from them.

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

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In an interview with Bloomberg, an American news service, he underscored that Riyadh "will pay nothing" to Washington for Saudi Arabia's security, adding that "all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it's not free armament".

Khashoggi wrote for The Washington Post, which ran a blank column earlier this week to help publicize his disappearance.

The source added that a security team had arrived in Istanbul to investigate Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.

'If this is true - that the Saudis lured a US resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia, ' Murphy wrote on Twitter.

"Mr. Jamal is a journalist friend I have known for a very long time, therefore I still hope for a positive outcome", Erdoğan said speaking to the press. "But I said, "King - we're protecting you - you might not be there for two weeks without us - you have to pay for your military", Trump said.

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