Post: Turkey has proof writer was killed at con­sulate

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - WORLD - By Suzan Fraser Suzan Fraser is an As­so­ci­ated Press writer.

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s govern­ment has told U.S. 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 re­ported Fri­day.

The news­pa­per, for which 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 Oct. 2 to pick up a doc­u­ment for his up­com­ing wed­ding.

The As­so­ci­ated Press was not im­me­di­ately able to con­firm the re­port and Turk­ish of­fi­cials would not com­ment.

Mean­while, a del­e­ga­tion from Saudi Ara­bia ar­rived in Turkey on Fri­day as part of an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance, a For­eign Min­istry of­fi­cial said.

Saudi Ara­bia has called the al­le­ga­tion it ab­ducted or harmed Khashoggi “base­less.” How­ever, it has of­fered no ev­i­dence to sup­port its claim he left the con­sulate and van­ished, de­spite his fi­ancee wait­ing out­side.

On Thurs­day, Turk­ish pres­i­den­tial spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said Turkey and Saudi Ara­bia would form a “joint work­ing group” to look into Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance.

In a state­ment posted on Twit­ter, Saudi Ara­bia wel­comed Turkey’s ap­proval of the joint work­ing group. The Saudi state­ment said the king­dom is keen “to sus­tain the se­cu­rity and safety of its cit­i­zenry, wher­ever they might hap­pen to be.”

Amid grow­ing con­cern over Khashoggi’s fate, French Pres­i­dent Em­manuel Macron said coun­try wanted to know “the whole truth” about the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance, call­ing the early de­tails about the case “very wor­ry­ing.”

Macron said “I’m wait­ing for the truth and com­plete clar­ity to be made” since the mat­ter is “very se­ri­ous.”

In Ger­many, Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel’s spokesman, St­ef­fen Seib­ert, said Ber­lin was also “very con­cerned” about the writer’s dis­ap­pear­ance and called on Saudi Ara­bia to “par­tic­i­pate fully” in clear­ing up re­ports that he may have been killed.

The fi­ancee of the miss­ing Saudi jour­nal­ist on Fri­day urged Pres­i­dent Trump to use his clout to find out what hap­pened to her part­ner.

Khashoggi, a 59-year-old jour­nal­ist who was con­sid­ered close to the Saudi royal fam­ily, had be­come a critic of the cur­rent govern­ment and Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, the 33-year-old heir ap­par­ent who has in­tro­duced re­forms but has shown lit­tle tol­er­ance for crit­i­cism.

Khashoggi had been liv­ing in self-im­posed ex­ile in the United States since last year. As a con­trib­u­tor to the Wash­ing­ton Post, he has writ­ten ex­ten­sively about Saudi Ara­bia, in­clud­ing crit­i­cism of 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.

Pet­ros Gian­nakouris / As­so­ci­ated Press

A se­cu­rity guard speaks with col­leagues at the en­trance of Saudi Ara­bia’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul.

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