Oct 08 2018

Saudi journalist killed in consulate, body dismembered - head of Turkish-Arab Media Association

Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist known for criticism of Saudi policies and last seen entering the consulate building, has gone missing for nearly a week.

Turkish authorities believe that the Saudi journalist was killed inside the consulate. Two Turkish sources with knowledge of the probe said to Reuters that 15-member Saudi team was sent to Turkey “specifically for the murder," and that the murder which took place at the consulate ‘’was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate." 

Turan Kışlakçı, head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association said to Turkish television TRT that Turkish authorities told him to "make funeral preparation." Kışlakçı said Khashoggi had been killed "in a barbaric way," then dismembered and his body parts were distributed to 15 people.

"This is an Islamic State-like murder," Kışlakçı said, "a murder against the conscience of the world," he added.

Khashoggi, who writes for The Washington Post’s Global Opinions section, came to Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday to obtain documents related to his upcoming wedding, according to The Washington Post.

Khashoggi, the former advisor of Prince Turki al-Faisal, is known for his critical views on Saudi Arabia's policies such as the relationship with Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen and political pressure on dissent. He has written opinion pieces for various Western news outlets including The Washington Post.