Turkish experts invited to Saudi Consulate for probe

Questions linger after journalist disappears

Turkey said it would search Saudi Arabia's consulate.

Video timestamps show a black Mercedes Vito leaving the Saudi consulate a minute after it arrives at the consul general's house. He visited the consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documentation to finalize his divorce; his Turkish fiancée waited for him outside the building, and reported him missing after he didn't return.

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz said she believes he is still alive.

Previously the crown prince told Bloomberg that Riyadh would be ready to welcome Turkish officials to search the premises.

Turkish police were also looking into the possibility that Khashoggi was kidnapped, local media reported.

The disappearance of the prominent critic of the Saudi regime, which comes at a time of strained relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, could cause a diplomatic crisis. One was an autopsy expert.

The security establishment concluded that Khashoggi's killing was directed from the top because only the most senior Saudi leaders could order an operation of such scale and complexity, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity to disclose confidential briefings. He also indicated that the Saudi government is "very keen to know what happened to him".

Kislakci also alleged, based on conversations with officials he did not name, that Khashoggi was made to "faint", then was dismembered. "If this is true - that the Saudis lured a US resident into their consulate and murdered him - it should represent a fundamental break in our relationship with Saudi Arabia", said Sen.

Washington Post columnist David Ignatius recently noted that his friend Khashoggi had endured a crisis of conscience a year ago when MBS was jailing and torturing his Saudi friends.

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Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi embassy in Istanbul last Tuesday. The Post said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with them. A hotel worker confirmed that the group checked in Tuesday.

"But a good crime scene inspection or search often comes up with evidence that perpetrators bypass, it could be some small piece of DNA, or hairs and fibre - something that can be tied to the victim". He also anxious that pushing the Saudis too hard in public could drive them into the waiting arms of Russian Federation, which sets a far lower bar for human rights and press freedom. "Those who ask Turkish authorities where he is should ask them (Saudi officials) what happened". Security camera footage shows boxes being loaded into the van, which carried diplomatic number plates. It came as Turkish newspaper Sabah published the identities of the 15 men. He has not been seen since entering the building on 2 October.

The search will take place as part of the official investigation, which was being conducted "in an intense manner", he said without giving any date.

Behind a gate next to the front entrance is a covered auto port, out of the view of cameras. The building is topped with the Saudi emblem of golden crossed swords and a palm tree.

'Trying to stay calm, I immediately called Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and one of Jamal's oldest friends.

"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", she said.

Flight data shows that a second private jet, believed by investigators to be transporting the rest of the team, touched down in Istanbul at 5:15pm. It departed an hour and 15 minutes after it arrived, heading for Cairo.

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