Photo of journalist Khashoggi entering consulate released by Washington Post

Pauline Gross
October 9, 2018

An investigation revealed that, on Tuesday morning, the day when Khashoggi was scheduled to return to the consulate, 12 Saudi officials arrived in Istanbul in two private jets, and went to the consulate.

The surveillance image released by the Post bore a date and time stamp, as well as a Turkish caption bearing Khashoggi's name and that he was arriving to the consulate. "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"'.

Reuters journalists toured the six-storey consulate in northern Istanbul which Khashoggi entered on Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.

His disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance. Riyadh denies that and claims he left the compound on his own. Saudi Arabia's crown prince Mohammed bin Salman told Bloomberg in an interview Friday that Turkish authority could search their consulate, as they had "nothing to hide". "If he's in Saudi Arabia, I would know that".

"If the crown prince does not respond with full cooperation, Congress must, as a first step, suspend all military cooperation with the kingdom", the Post said.

Over the past year, he has written columns for newspapers including the Washington Post criticising Saudi policies towards Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen and a crackdown on dissent which has seen dozens of people detained.

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Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, when he fled Saudi Arabia for fear of arrest.

Turkish authorities suspect Khashoggi was murdered while inside the building, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan says he is now personally involved in the case. the BBC reported. "The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying "he has left", Erdogan told a news conference in Budapest, where he is on an official visit.

"The consulate officials can not save themselves by simply saying "he has left".

"Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?"

Shamdasani's comments come shortly after US President Donald Trump, Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo all expressed concern regarding Khashoggi's whereabouts. "Why don't you prove it, you have to prove it". It said Saudi Arabia sent a team of investigators to help look into the case. Saudi Arabia's consul-general told Reuters on Saturday his country was helping search for Khashoggi, and dismissed talk of his possible abduction.

Turkey's foreign ministry on Wednesday summoned Saudi Arabia's ambassador over the issue.

Turkish Foreign Ministry spokesman Hami Aksoy said the investigation was "continuing intensively", and that the Vienna Convention allowed for consulates to be searched by the authorities of the host country with the consent of the mission chief.

The episode has put the United Kingdom in an awkward diplomatic position since it is close both to Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

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