TURKEY: Police ‘search forest’ in Jamal Khashoggi ‘suspected murder’ case
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain a document certifying he divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry. He has not been seen since.
Turkish sources have told media outlets they believe the Saudi writer and critic was killed inside the consulate in what they described as “premeditated murder”.
Saudi officials have countered that claim, insisting Khashoggi left the building before vanishing.
Here are the latest developments:
Turkish investigators widen search in bid to find Khashoggi’s body
Turkish police have widened their search for disappeared Saudi writer and critic Jamal Khashoggi to a forest on the outskirts of Istanbul and a city near the Sea of Marmara, two Turkish officials told Reuters news agency.
The 60-year-old was last seen entering Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2 and is suspected to have been killed inside the building in what has been described by Turkish sources as a “premeditated murder”.
The officials told Reuters that the Khashoggi’s body may have been dumped in Belgrad Forest, adjacent to Istanbul, and at a rural location near the city of Yalova, about 90km south of Istanbul.
Investigators have already recovered “many samples” from searches of the Saudi consulate, the officials added, which will now be analysed for traces of his DNA.