Exclusive pictures of Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate

Ivan Schwartz
October 22, 2018

Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate by the team of Saudi agents and his body cut up.

Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia in 2017, and had recently been living in the USA where he served as an opinion columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, writing critically of the Saudi royal family and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, and warning of efforts to stifle the free press in the Middle East.

"There's no way 15 people were sent from Saudi Arabia to Turkey to kill a dissident without the approval of the crown prince..."

Early on Saturday Saudi Arabia finally admitted that Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi leadership and a Washington Post contributor, was killed inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate.

Photos show several Saudi operatives present at the consulate had been part of the crown prince's security detail at various times, including during a tour of the USA past year.

The Washington Post, where Mr. Khashoggi wrote opinion columns critical of Crown Prince Salman over the past year, reported last week that USA intelligence intercepted communications between Saudi officials discussing a plan to capture the writer before his disappearance. "Yes, I think he did", Mr. Corker, chair of the Senate foreign-relations committee, said on CNN.

Angela Merkel and her foreign minister, Heiko Maas, issued a joint statement on Saturday, saying "the information provided about the sequence of events in the consulate in Istanbul isn't sufficient".

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When asked how did a 60-year-old columnist resisted the 15 security forces, al-Jubeir said: "I don't believe all 15 members were in the consulate when this happened".

"I think it stretches credulity to believe the Crown Prince wasn't involved in this", he added.

The Saudi government said Saturday that it had arrested 18 Saudi officials and fired five others - including the kingdom's deputy intelligence chief Maj.

In the Fox News interview, Jubeir called the killing "a huge and grave mistake" and offered condolences to Khashoggi's family. We don't know in terms of details how. They said he and his advisers want to see the results of both the Turkish and Saudi probes.

"You don't bring a bonesaw to an accidental fistfight", Sasse said, referring to claims by Turkish officials that Khashoggi's body was dismembered inside the consulate. It has threatened the kingdom's business relationships, with several senior executives and government officials shunning an investor conference in Riyadh scheduled for next week and some United States lawmakers putting pressure on Trump to impose sanctions and stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

According to the senior Saudi official, the Saudi team rolled up Khashoggi's body in a rug, took it out in a consular vehicle and handed it to a "local cooperator" for disposal.

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