Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionCCTV footage shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Saudi Arabia to release images proving that a missing reporter left its consulate in Istanbul.Mr Erdogan questioned whether it was “possible for there to be no…
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has urged Saudi Arabia to release images proving that a missing reporter left its consulate in Istanbul.
Mr Erdogan questioned whether it was “possible for there to be no camera systems” running at the building, the Turkish daily Hurriyet reports.
Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi was last seen entering the consulate last week.
Turkish officials claim that Mr Khashoggi was murdered within its walls. Saudi Arabia denies this.
“We are investigating all aspects of the event,” Mr Erdogan said on Thursday, adding: “This is an incident which took place in our country; it is not possible for us to remain silent.”
“If a bird flew, or a fly or a mosquito appeared, the systems would capture this; they [Saudi Arabia] have the most cutting-edge systems,” Hurriyet quoted him as saying.
Turkey says it will conduct a search of the Istanbul consulate, while Saudi Arabia’s foreign ministry said the country was “open to co-operation” and a search of the building could go ahead.
Who is Jamal Khashoggi?
A critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Mr Khashoggi was living in self-imposed exile in the US and writing opinion pieces for the Washington Post before his disappearance.
A former editor of the al-Watan newspaper and a short-lived Saudi TV news channel, he was for years seen as close to the Saudi royal family. He served as an adviser to senior Saudi officials.
But after several of his friends were arrested, his column was cancelled by the al-Hayat newspaper and he was allegedly warned to stop tweeting, Mr Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia for the US.
Ms Cengiz has described her fiancé as a “valuable person, an exemplary thinker and a courageous man”. “I don’t know how I can keep living if he was abducted or killed in Turkey,” she wrote in an emotional piece in the Washington Post.
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