Turkey’s government has contacted U.S. officials, suggesting that they have the required video and audio proof to validate that the missing Saudi Arabian writer and journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a Saudi government-backed gang in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Reports of this communication by the Turkish government have been presented on CNN and Washington Post on Friday.
The newspaper on which Khashoggi worked as a columnist has mentioned that anonymous officials have hinted towards the evidence contained within these files. According to the reports, the evidence shows video proof—the Saudi security team brutally detains the writer when he visits the consulate on the 2nd of October. Khashoggi is believed to have visited the consulate to get some documents for his upcoming wedding.
The Associated Press (AP) was not immediately able to respond to the issue, and the Turkish government officials haven’t commented on the media yet.
Turkey’s state-run news agency, Anadolu, reported recently that a delegation from Saudi Arabia arrived in the country on Friday to investigate the writer’s disappearance and collect evidence pertaining to who is involved in the disappearance.
Saudi Arabia has rubbished the allegations against the state and has called the claims that it abducted Khashoggi as baseless. However, the country has as of yet showed no evidence to support its claim that the writer did indeed leave the consulate.
The Turkish presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin said on Thursday that both Turkey and Saudi Arabia would be forming a joint working group to look into the disappearance of Khashoggi.
It is believed that Khashoggi, aged 59, became a critic of the current government and Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, who has zero tolerance for criticism of all sorts to his reforms.
Benjamin Diaz started working for Debate Report in 2017. Ben grew up in a small town in northern Ontario. He studied chemistry in college, graduated, and married his wife a year later. Benhas been a proud Torontonian for the past 10 years. He covers politics and the economy. Previously he wrote for CTV News and the Huffington Post Canada.