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Saudi Arabia: Turkey assumes the murder of a Saudi journalist

The Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who is missing in Turkey, is said to have been murdered in Turkey. They unanimously report that he was killed in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul Washington Post and the AFP news agency, citing Turkish government circles. Turkey is assuming that a Saudi commando had traveled to Turkey specifically for the act. The command left Turkey on the same day, reported AFP. A Turkish official told the AP news agency that, according to initial suspicions, the reporter was deliberately killed in the Saudi Arabian consulate and his body was then removed from the building.

Khashoggi has disappeared since a visit to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul when he wanted to get documents for his wedding from there. According to his fiancée Hatice C., who was waiting outside, he never came out. The Saudi Arabian authorities, however, claimed that the 59-year-old only disappeared after leaving the consulate. The Turkish woman C. wrote on Twitter that she did not believe that her fiancé had been killed.

The Turkish news agency Anadolu had already reported on Saturday, citing the police, that around 15 Saudi Arabs landed on board two planes in Istanbul on Tuesday and left the country at the same time as Khashoggi after visiting the consulate.

Saudi Arabia rejected the murder allegations as "irrelevant". A team of Saudi Arabian investigators is working in Turkey with the local authorities, reported the state news agency SPA, invoking an unnamed representative from the consulate in Istanbul.

Because of the Khashoggi case, the Turkish Foreign Ministry summoned the Saudi Arabian ambassador. Saudi Arabia then offered Turkey to search the consulate. The Crown Prince of the country Mohammed bin Salman said in an interview with the Bloomberg news agency that the journalist was not in the consulate and that the Turkish authorities could see for themselves.

Former government advisor Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia in September 2017 for fear of being arrested and went to the United States. He had repeatedly criticized bin Salman's policies and the kingdom's military intervention in Yemen. He also criticized the diplomatic clashes with Canada and the arrest of women's rights activists in Saudi Arabia. Bin Salman has so far introduced far-reaching economic and social reforms, but at the same time he massively suppresses critics and opposition members.

Khashoggi has been a foreign correspondent and columnist for a long time, including for the Washington Post. "If the reports of Jamal's killing are true, it is a monstrous and inconceivable act," wrote the newspaper's editor-in-chief, Fred Hiatt. "Jamal was - or, we hope he is - a committed, courageous journalist. He writes out of love for his country and out of a deep belief in human dignity and freedom."

Last year, Saudi Arabia was ranked 169th out of 180 countries on the press freedom list of the organization Reporters Without Borders. The human rights organization Amnesty International asked Saudi Arabia to produce evidence that Khashoggi had left the consulate.