Turkey launches investigation into disappearance of Saudi journalist

Turkey has launched an investigation into disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who went missing on Tuesday, after he entered the Saudi Arabia’s Consulate in Istanbul, Anadolu Agency reported on Saturday. 

Anadolu Agency said that the investigation was launched the day Khashoggi went missing.

Khashoggi, known for his critical views against Saudi Arabia and the country’s Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was visiting the Consulate to get documents needed for marriage licence. 

While Turkish authorities stated that they believed Khashoggi was still in the consulate, Saudi officials denied the claims. 

Prince Salman said on Friday to Bloomberg that he had nothing to hide regarding the missing journalist and would allow Turkish officials to check the consulate.

Khashoggi has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since last year, when he left Saudi Arabia over concerns that he would be arrested or prevented from travelling.