Saudi journalist 'killed inside consulate' - Turkish sources

Saudi journalist 'killed inside consulate' - Turkish sources

Saudi journalist 'killed inside consulate' - Turkish sources

But analysts said Khashoggi might have been considered especially unsafe by the Saudi leadership because he was not a long-time dissident, but rather a pillar of the Saudi establishment who was close to its ruling circles for decades, had worked as an editor at Saudi news outlets and had been an adviser to a former Saudi intelligence chief.

She said Mr Khashoggi was required to surrender his mobile phone, which is standard practice in some diplomatic missions.

The Saudi consul-general in Istanbul allowed reporters from the Reuters news agency to tour the consulate Saturday, to show that Khashoggi was not inside.

The sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out.

Khashoggi fled from Saudi Arabia in September 2017, months after Prince Mohammed was appointed heir to the throne, amid a campaign that saw dozens of dissidents arrested including intellectuals and Islamic preachers.

A fierce critic of Saudi policies, the royal family and its power, Mr Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile in Washington for the a year ago, fearing retribution for his views. "We have nothing to hide", in the interview published Friday.

He vanished on Tuesday while on a visit to the Saudi consulate.

That changed dramatically under the reign of the current ruling monarch, King Salman, when Mr. Khashoggi emerged as one of the sharpest critics of the monarchy. "But every time I hear about another arrest or about a friend who is travel banned, I am grateful I am here", he told The Wall Street Journal in May, speaking from Washington.

Khashoggi was born in the western Saudi city of Medina, revered in Islam as the burial place of the Prophet Mohammed. I wasn't a critic, I wasn't an activist-I wasn't even against the government.

On Wednesday, the Turkish foreign ministry summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador and asked for an explanation about the disappearance.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman dismissed remarks by Donald Trump in which the United States president said he had warned the king he would not last in power "for two weeks" without USA military backing and demanded he pay up. And Saudi Arabia and OPEC and non-OPEC countries, they've produced 1.5 million barrels a day.

Saudi authorities dismissed the allegation as "baseless". In December, Mr. Erdogan instead sent more troops, a move seen as an effort to prevent Saudi Arabia from taking military action in the dispute.

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".

That relationship is already strained over several issues, including Turkey's support for Qatar in the blockade by Saudi Arabia; its closeness to the Muslim Brotherhood - blacklisted by Riyadh as a terrorist organisation; and its rapprochement with Saudi Arabia's arch-rival Iran.

The crown prince denied that the kingdom had halted the plan after a media report said that financial advisors working on it had been disbanded. "If I go back, I have to dance their dance". "So Saudi Arabia needs something like around 2,000 years to maybe face some dangers".

-Peter Wonacott contributed to this article.

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