Ankara (October 09, 2018): Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday demanded of Saudi officials to prove their claim that missing journalist and Riyadh critic Jamal Khashoggi left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
While addressing a press conference in Budapest, Erdogan said,”Consulate officials cannot save themselves by saying that he left the building… Don´t you have a camera?”“If he left, you have to prove it with footage,” he added. Police said at the weekend that around 15 Saudis, including officials, arrived in Istanbul on two flights on Tuesday and were at the consulate at the same time as Khashoggi.
A Turkish government source said that the police believe the journalist “was killed by a team especially sent to Istanbul and who left the same day.” Riyadh vehemently denies the claim and says Khashoggi left the consulate.
Turkey on Monday sought permission to search the consulate premises, local media reported. The move came after the foreign ministry summoned the Saudi ambassador for a second time Sunday over the journalist´s disappearance.A Turkish diplomat confirmed Monday that the Saudi envoy had met deputy foreign minister Sedat Onal. “The ambassador was told that we expected full cooperation during the investigation,” the source said. The ambassador was first summoned to the ministry on Wednesday.Erdogan said Turkish police and intelligence were investigating the case. “The airport exits and entrances are being examined. There are people who came from Saudi Arabia,” he said. “The chief prosecutor´s office is investigating the issue.”
Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, vanished last Tuesday after entering the consulate to receive official documents ahead of his marriage to a Turkish woman.