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Morocco's Prince Moulay Hicham Condemns Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Morocco's Prince Moulay Hicham Condemns Murder of Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Arabia authorities said they have nothing to do with the journalist's disappearance.

The image bears a date and date stamp saying it was taken on 2 October, when the Post's columnist and Saudi government critic entered his country's consulate to obtain divorce papers.

The Post said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with them, without elaborating.

Riyadh has denied this.

Mr Khashoggi, 59, went missing while on a visit to the consulate in Istanbul for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancée.

The official strongly denounced the report by Reuters news agency, calling them "baseless allegations", adding that he has doubts they came from Turkish officials "who are informed of the investigation or are authorized to comment on the issue".

Security cameras are pictured at the entrance of the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 8, 2018.

In March 2017, Donald Trump hosted "MBS" at the White House, breaking protocol to do so as the Saudi was only a deputy crown prince at the time.

Over the past year, he has written columns for newspapers including the Washington Post criticizing Saudi policies toward Qatar and Canada, the war in Yemen and a crackdown on dissent which has seen dozens of people detained. He has lived in the United States since past year to avoid possible arrest, and has written a series of columns for the Post on Saudi affairs.




The image was given to the Post by someone close to the Turkish investigation, and released by the United States daily soon after Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan challenged the Saudis to prove he left the consulate unharmed. "It is (the duty) of the consulate officials", Erdogan said during a visit to Hungary. She and Turkish officials say he never emerged, even though Saudi Arabia insists he left the building.

"Do you not have cameras and everything of the sort?"

Turan Kislakci, a friend of Khashoggi and the head of the Turkish-Arab Media Association, spoke to the AP on Sunday outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. "Why don't you prove it, you have to prove it".

A former newspaper editor in Saudi Arabia and adviser to its former head of intelligence, Khashoggi left the country past year saying he feared retribution for his criticism of Saudi policy in the Yemen war and its crackdown on dissent.

A spokesman for Turkey's Foreign Ministry said Saudi officials have relayed to Ankara that they were "open to cooperation" and would allow the consulate to be searched. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", one of two Turkish officials told Reuters Saturday.

The ministry said that Turkey is carrying out the search in line with the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations as the host country and with the permission of the Saudi diplomatic mission chief.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to reporters about the subject.

Despite the rift over Qatar, Ankara has maintained a cautious approach toward Riyadh and bilateral contacts have continued. "Saudi Arabia wasn't always this repressive".

"The United States must now make a concerted effort to determine all the facts about Mr Khashoggi's disappearance", the Post said in an editorial, imploring Washington to "demand answers, loud and clear".


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