July 30, 2021

Turkey investigates team role of 15 Saudis in disappearance of Khashoggi

Turkey investigates team role of 15 Saudis in disappearance of Khashoggi

The Turkish authorities are investigating the role of a special team of 15 Saudi citizens in the disappearance of the Saudi journalist critic Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, reports the Turkish agency Anadolu.

The team of 15 Saudi citizens arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate of the Arab country on Tuesday, the same day that Khashoggi was last seen entering the legation, according to Turkish police sources quoted by Anadolu.

Shortly thereafter, the team returned to Saudi Arabia, but Turkish police focus their investigation on the role they could play in the disappearance of the journalist, says the same agency.

Turkey has promised to clarify the disappearance of Khashoggi, who arrived at the consulate of his country in Istanbul on Tuesday in the company of his girlfriend, identified only as Hatice, to request some necessary documents for their wedding.

Khashoggi did not leave the consulate again, as confirmed a few days later by the Turkish government.

The Turkish press today also reproduces information appearing in the international press and attributed to Turkish sources according to which Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

"Jamal was not killed, I do not think he was killed," his girlfriend, Hatice, wrote in his Twitter account.

The spokesman for the Justice and Development Party (AKP), which has governed Turkey since 2002, was cautious about it in statements to "Hürriyet."

"It is a sensitive issue, you can not threaten the life of anyone in Turkey, whether or not a citizen, our security services carry out the necessary investigation, as long as no clear scenario arises, we will not accuse anyone," said Çelik. .

The investigation "will reveal the situation of the disappeared journalist, what happened, who is responsible, no one should be able to carry out an action in Turkey such as the disappearance of a person," Çelik insisted.


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