ISTANBUL, TURKEY (OCTOBER 7, 2018) (REUTERS) – Turna Kislakci, a close friend of journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Sunday (October 7), he had information that confirmed Khashoggi was killed at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul.
Kislakci, Head of the Turkish-Arab media association, said they had confirmation of the Saudi journalist’s death from both political and police sources in Turkey.
Turkish authorities believe Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside his country’s consulate in Istanbul last week, Turkish sources said, in what they described as the deliberate targeting of a prominent critic of the Gulf kingdom’s rulers.
On Tuesday he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.
Saudi officials say he left shortly afterwards but his fiancee, who was waiting outside, said he never came out. An adviser to Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan said authorities had concrete information about Khashoggi’s case, and he believed the journalist was killed in the consulate.
Another Turkish security source told Reuters that a group of 15 Saudi nationals, including some officials, had arrived in Istanbul in two planes and entered the consulate on the same day Khashoggi was there, and later left the country. The source said Turkish officials were trying to identify them.