Turkey opens probe into missing Saudi Arabian journalist: state media

Turkey opens probe into missing Saudi Arabian journalist: state media

Turkey opens probe into missing Saudi Arabian journalist: state media

Khashoggi was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday afternoon.

"The Saudi authorities must immediately give a full and credible accounting of what happened to Khashoggi inside its diplomatic mission", the CPJ said in a statement.

"The burden of proof is on Saudi Arabia to produce evidence for its claim that Khashoggi left the consulate alone, and that Saudi agents have not detained him", said New York-based Human Rights Watch's Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.

The Turkish sources did not say how they believed the killing was carried out.

Khashoggi's disappearance may further strain relations between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, who are on opposite sides of the multination blockade of Qatar and other regional crises.

Once regarded as close to the Saudi establishment, he was a frequent defender of the kingdom's policies.

Khashoggi, a former newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and adviser to its former head of intelligence, left the country a year ago saying he feared retribution for his growing criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

In an interview with Bloomberg, an American news service, he underscored that Riyadh "will pay nothing" to Washington for Saudi Arabia's security, adding that "all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it's not free armament".

The Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Reuters earlier quoted the Turkish ruling party as saying the investigation would be comprehensive and that the government's sensitivity about the case was at the "highest level". "But every time I hear about another arrest or about a friend who is travel banned, I am grateful I am here", he told The Wall Street Journal in May, speaking from Washington.

"Saudi Arabia was there before the United States of America". I wasn't a critic, I wasn't an activist-I wasn't even against the government.

"But I said, "King - we're protecting you - you might not be there for two weeks without us - you have to pay for your military", Trump said.

"Ever since the relationship started between Saudi Arabia and the United States of America, we've bought everything with money", he further said, adding that since Trump came to power, the kingdom chose to purchase over 60 percent of its needed armament from the U.S. "for the next 10 years".

Last week, Trump asked at a rally "when you have wealthy countries like Saudi Arabia, like Japan, like South Korea, why are we subsidising their military?" Dozens of them remain in jail, and many more people are barred from leaving Saudi Arabia.

The crown prince denied that the kingdom had halted the plan after a media report said that financial advisors working on it had been disbanded.

Khashoggi has retained ambiguous ties to Saudi authorities, having held advisory positions in Riyadh and Washington - including to Prince Turki al-Faisal, who ran Saudi Arabia's intelligence agency for more than 20 years.

Press freedom campaigners also condemned the journalist's disappearance. "If I go back, I have to dance their dance".

-Peter Wonacott contributed to this article.

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