Saudi journalist and government critic Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since Tuesday, October 2nd.
Mr Khashoggi was visiting the consulate to finalise his divorce so he could marry Ms Cengiz. Turkish officials believe he has been murdered by two men who cut up his body, sources close to the investigation have told Middle East Eye.
Turkish officials say they know when and where in the building the veteran Saudi journalist was killed and are considering whether to dig up the consul-general’s garden to see whether his remains are buried there.
Up until today, October 10th morning, Khashoggi was reported missing and not dead. However, according to Turkish sources:
‘We know when Jamal was killed, in which room he was killed and where the body was taken to be dismembered. If the forensic team are allowed in, they know exactly where to go’
– Turkish source
On the other-hand, Saudi consul-general, Mohammad al-Otaibi refuted that saying
“I would like to confirm that… Jamal is not at the consulate nor in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the consulate and the embassy are working
to search for him,” the , said on Saturday after the consulate was opened to Reuters journalists. “We are worried about this case.”
As a time-stamped photo first published by the Washington Post has shown, Khashoggi walked into the consulate less than an hour later at 13h14.
Police are reported to be examining 150 security cameras as part of their investigation.
Some local media have also been reporting that Mr Khashoggi may have been abducted rather than killed.
Turkey says it will conduct a search of the Istanbul consulate, while Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said the country was “open to co-operation” and a search of the building could go ahead
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said Wednesday that “there would be hell to pay” if missing journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi was killed by the Saudi government, as Turkish officials have claimed.
“I’ve never been more disturbed than I am right now,” said Graham, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee. “If this man was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, that would cross every line of normality in the international community.” As reported to CNBC.
Ms.Cengiz called for President Trump and first former lady Melania Trump interference.
A second Turkish source with knowledge of the investigation told MEE that the Turks had video and audio evidence of the killing. However, they have not revealed how they obtained this evidence.
But particular attention is being paid to the Apple watch that Khashoggi was wearing when he entered the building. This is synced electronically to the iPhone that he gave his fiance before entering the building.