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WaPo reacts to Saudi journalist murder claim as 'monstrous and unfathomable'

WaPo reacts to Saudi journalist murder claim as 'monstrous and unfathomable'

Everything including entries and exits to the consulate are being investigated.

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, said on Sunday he was "saddened" by Khashoggi's disappearance and meant to wait for the results of an investigation.

Well Mark.... Jamal Khashoggi was last seen visiting the Saudi consulate last Tuesday.

"God willing we will not be faced with a situation we do not want".

On Saturday, a Turkish official told Reuters: "The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul".

Amnesty International has urged Riyadh to to "immediately disclose the evidence supporting their claim" that Khashoggi left the consulate, saying that "otherwise their claims are utterly baseless".

Moulay Hicham recalled recent news reports, which alleged that the Saudi journalist was tortured and murdered "at the hands of his own countrymen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul".

Turkish police believe prominent Saudi journalist and critic Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul after he went missing on Tuesday, according to an unnamed government official, but Riyadh quickly denied the claim.

Mr Khashoggi went to the consulate to obtain a document certifying he had divorced his ex-wife, so that he could marry his Turkish fiancée, Hatice, who went with him to the building and waited outside, but did not see him leave.

Khashoggi has been critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

His criticisms appeared in both the Arab and Western press.

"Turkey and Saudi Arabia differ on a host of issues, whether it's Iran, Qatar, the Muslim Brotherhood".

A senior Turkish police source told MEE that police believed that Khashoggi was "brutally tortured, killed and cut into pieces" inside the consulate after visiting the building on 2 October. "We believe that all the armaments we have from the United States of America are paid for, it's not free armament", the Saudi crown prince said in a Bloomberg interview conducted on Wednesday and published on Friday.

By allowing state functionaries - not elected officials - to out the Saudis over Khashoggi's vanishing, Turkey has dealt itself a powerful hand, one which Erdoğan fully intends to play in the coming week, as intelligence officials prepare to table their findings.

The prominent rights group also took global community to task for its "deafening silence on Saudi Arabia's crackdown on freedom of expression", adding that the worldwide community must demand an immediate explanation from Saudi Arabia's authorities about Jamal Khashoggi's fate or whereabouts.

"If the reports of Jamal's murder are true, it is a monstrous and unfathomable act", the Washington Post's editorial page editor Fred Hiatt said in a statement.

"He said, 'the most they can do is interrogate me".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has brushed aside United States President Donald Trump's warning that the oil-rich kingdom's leadership might not last "two weeks" without American military support, saying that his country existed decades before the USA.

Yasin Aktay, an advisor to Erdogan, told Reuters on Sunday that Turkish authorities believed a group of 15 Saudi nationals were "most certainly involved" in the matter.

Saudi Arabia's consul-general told Reuters earlier on Saturday that his country was helping search for Khashoggi, and dismissed talk of his possible abduction.