Turkey ‘has proof journalist was killed’


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TURKEY’S govern­ment has re­port­edly told US of­fi­cials it has au­dio and video proof that miss­ing Saudi Ara­bian writer Ja­mal Khashoggi was killed and dis­mem­bered in the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul.

The Wash­ing­ton Post, for which Mr Khashoggi is a colum­nist, cited anony­mous of­fi­cials as say­ing the record­ings show a Saudi se­cu­rity team de­tained the writer when he went to the con­sulate on Oc­to­ber 2 to pick up a doc­u­ment for his up­com­ing wed­ding.

A del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Ara­bia has ar­rived in Turkey as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance, Turkey’s state-run news agency Anadolu said. Saudi Ara­bia has called the al­le­ga­tion it ab­ducted or harmed Mr Khashoggi “base­less”. How­ever, it has of­fered no ev­i­dence to sup­port its claim he left the con­sulate and van­ished de­spite his fiance wait­ing out­side. Anadolu Agency said the del­e­ga­tion would hold talks with Turk­ish of­fi­cials over the week­end. It did not pro­vide fur­ther de­tails. On Thurs­day, Turk­ish pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey and Saudi Ara­bia would form a “joint work­ing group” to look into Mr Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

Ja­mal Khashoggi

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