Turkey ‘has proof’ of Khashoggi’s killing

The Herald - - INTERNATIONAL -

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 was a colum­nist, quoted 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.

A del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Ara­bia has ar­rived in Turkey as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance

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 fi­ancee wait­ing out­side.

The del­e­ga­tion will hold talks with Turk­ish of­fi­cials over the week­end.

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.

The 59-year-old journalist, once close to the Saudi royal fam­ily, had be­come a critic of the cur­rent govern­ment and Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man.

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