The bad disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. — File

But other Turkish officials have said they believe that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents inside the consulate.

Officials say they believe a hit squad of 15 men arrived from Saudi Arabia on September 29, were present in the building on the day of Khashoggi's disappearance and left shortly afterwards.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency, quoting an unnamed official at the Istanbul consulate, denied the reports of Khashoggi's murder.

Saudi authorities rejected the allegations as "baseless" and said a team of investigators had been sent to the Turkish city to help look into the case.

Reacting to news of the alleged murder, the journalist's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said on Twitter that she was "waiting for an official confirmation from the Turkish government to believe it".

His disappearance has threatened to upend already-fraught relations between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, and it raises new questions about the kingdom and the actions of its assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom Khashoggi wrote critically about in his columns.

Turkish officials said Mr Khashoggi was killed on the premises and his body was then removed.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the Saudis need to provide evidence to support their claim that he left the consulate.

"In 2019, we will have more than 20 services that will be privatized, majority in water, agriculture, energy and some of it in sports", the prince said in an interview with Bloomberg published on Friday.

"We defend many of these nations for nothing", Trump said. "We want to swiftly get results", he said, adding without explanation: "My expectation is still positive".

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

Two days before entering the Saudi consulate in Turkey, Jamal Khashoggi appeared at Middle East Monitor's conference on the legacy of the Oslo Accords in London.

A Turkish official said Saudi Arabia's envoy to Ankara had been summoned to the foreign ministry for a second time on Sunday. This announcement settles the projected date of the Initial Public Offering (IPO) of the company, nearly two years after it was first announced by the crown prince that Aramco would be turned into a public holding.

The statement says the journalist disappeared after leaving the consulate building the day before and says the Saudi government is working with Turkish authorities to find him.

"We have a huge benefit from the first one", he said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Monday called for a thorough and open probe by Washington's ally Saudi Arabia into the disappearance of Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi, after President Donald Trump voiced concern for the journalist.

"I have raised Jamal's disappearance personally with the Saudi ambassador, and while we await more information, know we will respond accordingly to any state that targets journalists overseas", he wrote.

Although Khashoggi was planning to move to Istanbul, he was also a legal resident of the United States and a contributing columnist for The Washington Post. His foreign policy moves have been extremely aggressive, including his military support of the government in Yemen against Iranian-backed Houthi rebels and nearly going to war with Qatar due to their support of the Iranian regime.

But since the emergence of Prince Mohammed, 33, as the center of power in the kingdom past year, Khashoggi has been openly critical of the monarchy.

The ultra-conservative kingdom in June lifted a ban on women driving.

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