Turkey ‘has proof’ of Khashoggi’s killing
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.