Turkish officials say dissident was killed on order of Saudi leadership

Turkish officials say dissident was killed on order of Saudi leadership

But Khashoggi's fiancée is reportedly holding out hope, tweeting in Arabic late Saturday and translated by the Middle East Eye, "Jamal was not killed, and I don't believe that he was killed", the fiancée said.

Mr Khashoggi, who was living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. and working for the Washington Post before his disappearance, was a frequent critic of the kingdom's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom he described as a "brash and abrasive young innovator" who was "acting like Putin".

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with Canada and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving.

Tamimi said Khashoggi had sought the document necessary to remarry in Turkey since his exile from Saudi Arabia had resulted in a divorce. Khashoggi is a critic of the Saudi regime.

"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.

Then Khashoggi said that "may be (his friend) was talking critically over something in a dinner party", hinting out that people spy on each other in the Saudi Kingdom.

Fears are growing over the fate of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Turkish officials say they believe was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last week.

DailyMail.com said a friend of the journalist revealed that Mr Khashoggi's encrypted messages had been read after he vanished.

"Diplomats get absolute immunity from criminal prosecutions, so if an ambassador was involved in the murder, they can't be touched", Professor Saul said.

"I am following the (issue) and we will inform the world whatever the outcome" of the official probe, the president told reporters in Ankara.

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"They must give a transparent explanation very quickly, otherwise the tide will quickly turn against them".

The US has begun its own diplomatic throat-clearing on Khashoggi. Police said earlier that around 15 Saudis, including officials, arrived in Istanbul on two flights on Tuesday and were at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi. A USA official said that Turkish investigators believe Khashoggi was probably dismembered and his body removed in boxes and flown out of the country.

The Saudis have called allegations of any involvement in his disappearance "baseless", but had no immediate comment on Turkey's announcement.

"That is effectively terminating consular relations between Saudi Arabia on Turkish territory", Professor Saul said.

The Saudi ambassador to Washington, Prince Khalid bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, has described the allegations as "malicious leaks and grim rumors" and said the kingdom is "gravely concerned" about Khashoggi.

There he wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post and continued to appear on Arab and Western TV channels.

Two Turkish officials, speaking on condition of anonymity to the AP because the investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance was still ongoing, confirmed the authenticity of the images in the Turkish media.

Khashoggi fled from Saudi Arabia in September 2017, months after Prince Mohammed was appointed heir to the throne.

Turkish media, which released surveillance camera video of the men on Wednesday, said they were members of an elite Saudi "assassination squad", sent to kill Khashoggi, a Saudi critic.

At least one American lawmaker, Democrat Senator Chris Murphy, said on Twitter, "If this is true - that the Saudis lured a USA resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia".

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