Rabat – Four days after the mysterious disappearance of Saudi Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish authorities have concluded that he was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Ankara.
“The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate,” Turkish official, was quoted by Reuters as saying.
The prominent Saudi journalist, who was known for his staunch opposition to many of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s domestic and foreign policy decisions, disappeared on Tuesday after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to secure documentation for a forthcoming marriage with a Turkish national.
Since Tuesday, Turkish and Saudi authorities have given conflicting accounts about his whereabouts. While Turkish authorities said there was no evidence he left the Saudi consulate, Saudi authorities claimed that he exited the diplomatic mission the same day.
Khashoggi has lived in self-exile in the United States for the past year and a was regular contributor to the Washington Post’s opinion section. In the op-ds he authored, he was very of critical of Saudi Crown Prince’s foreign policy decision against Qatar and Canada, and the war in Yemen, in addition to his unprecedented crackdown on dissent in the Saudi Arabia.