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Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed

Canada concerned over reports Saudi journalist killed

Saudi special forces officers, intelligence officials, national guards and a forensics expert were allegedly among a 15-man team tied to the disappearance in Istanbul of the high-profile dissident Jamal Khashoggi, it has been reported by Turkish pro-government papers.

Turkish Foreign Ministry said on Tuesday that an examination will be carried out in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and that Saudi authorities were open to cooperation.

The journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, has not been seen since October 2 after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Saudi officials need to prove that Khashoggi left the building after arriving last Tuesday to get a document for his upcoming marriage.

A Turkish official told the Reuters news agency, "The initial assessment of the Turkish police is that Mr. Khashoggi has been killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul. I hope we won't encounter an undesirable situation".

"Our security officials are investigating the issue in every detail", Yasin, Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, told CNN Turk on Sunday.

Karen Attiah, an editor and journalist at the Washington Post and Khashoggi's editor also tweeted on the matter calling U.S. companies to "rethink" their relations with Saudi Arabia.

"We demand from the worldwide community to pressure Saudi Arabia and Mohammed bin Salman to tell us exactly what happened".

The Turkish security establishment concluded 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 Times' source said.

Why it matters: The incident threatens a diplomatic crisis in Turkey's relations with Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi had gone to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiance.

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In a statement sent to journalists Monday, Prince Khalid bin Salman, the Saudi ambassador to Washington, said that reports the kingdom had detained or killed Khashoggi were "absolutely false and baseless".

Kislakci also alleged, based on conversations with officials he did not name, that Khashoggi was made to "faint", then was dismembered.

Khashoggi's disappearance is likely to further deepen divisions between Turkey and Saudi Arabia. The newspaper said the United States should demand answers from the Saudis.

A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the USA and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance.

"We're not leading by example, and so whenever we make condemnations of other country's anti-press behavior, it may seem like hollow words", Ewen said.

He said Turkish authorities were looking into all camera records and monitoring incoming and outgoing airport transits, but added that Turkey would await the results of the prosecutor's investigation. Relations were already strained after Turkey sent troops to the Gulf state of Qatar past year in a show of support after its Gulf neighbors, including Saudi Arabia, imposed an embargo on Doha.

Worldwide pressure is also ramping up on Saudi Arabia to cooperate with the probe.

Khashoggi has been critical of some of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's policies and Riyadh's intervention in the war in Yemen.

A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper and a short-lived Saudi TV news channel, Mr Khashoggi was for years seen as close to the Saudi royal family.

"We are aware of and concerned by these reports".

US President Donald Trump has also expressed that he plans to speak with Saudi officials regarding the disappearance. Khashoggi is a critic of the Saudi regime.


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