Turkey has concrete information on disappearance of Saudi dissident, authorities say

Turkey has concrete information on disappearance of Saudi dissident, authorities say

Turkey has concrete information on disappearance of Saudi dissident, authorities say

The Post reported Saturday that Turkey had concluded Khashoggi, a recent critic of the desert kingdom's leadership, was killed by a Saudi team specifically sent to Istanbul for the murder, according to two people with knowledge of the investigation.

However, there have been reports in the Arab media suggesting Khashoggi was abducted on the same day of his disappearance and evacuated from the another entrance of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

One Turkish official told The Associated Press earlier Saturday night: "The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul". Another official confirmed the story.

Saudi authorities, who have said they had nothing to do with Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance, said on Sunday that the allegations were "baseless".

Turkey and Saudi Arabia also differ over Ankara's sympathetic view of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Islamist movement that Saudi Arabia and its allies consider a terrorist organization. "We called a few other places, these are lower officials, but they said: 'We have evidence he was killed in a barbaric way, we will announce it tomorrow or the day after"'. The AK Party said Mr Khashoggi's whereabouts would be uncovered.

In July, Mr. Khashoggi said he no longer felt he had a role to play back home, largely because freedom of expression had become so constricted under the Saudi crown prince. More details from the Turkish authorities are expected on Sunday.

'His friends had warned him, 'Don't go there, it is not safe, ' but he said they could not do anything to him in Turkey, ' said Aktay.

"We are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises", he said, adding that "we will allow them to enter and search and do whatever they want to do..." But Turan Kislakci added that diplomatic cars had been seen moving in and out.

His disappearance has threatened to upend already-fraught relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.

His interview came a day after Trump told a cheering crowd of supporters at a rally in Southaven, Mississippi, that Saudi King Salman would not last in power unless the USA provided military support for the Arab kingdom. "We have nothing to hide".

The Turkish police in Istanbul has been keeping an eye on the entry and exits at the Saudi Consulate since the time, Khashoggi entered the building, his fiancée said.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists demanded Riyadh give "a full and credible account" of what happened to Khashoggi inside the consulate.

Khashoggi is known to have been critical of the Saudi domestic and foreign policies. It's there since 1744, I believe more than 30 years before the United States of America, And I believe, and I'm sorry if anyone misunderstands that, but I believe President (Barack) Obama, in his eight years, he worked against many of our agenda - not (only) in Saudi Arabia, but also in the Middle East.

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