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Mysterious disappearance of a Saudi dissident in Istanbul

Jamal Khashoggi, a liberal editorialist close to power, has not given any sign of life since he entered the consulate in Riyadh, Turkey, on 2 October.

A journalist in delicacy with the authorities of his country enters one of his consulates abroad and disappears. This could be the starting point for a spy movie, but that’s what happened on Tuesday, October 2 in Istanbul. The famous Saudi editorialist Jamal Khashoggi, who has been living in exile in the United States for a year for fear of being arrested for his writings, entered the end of the morning in the representation of the kingdom on the Bosphorus. He has not given any sign of life since.

Jamal Khashoggi, then leader of the Al-Arab channel, in Manama, Bahrain, in December 2014.

According to the Saudi news agency, this 59-year-old journalist, at the forefront of the denunciation of the very repressive turn taken by the monarchy under the leadership of Crown Prince Mohamed Ben Salman, disappeared after leaving the consulate, where he was to settle administrative formalities in order to remarry. The statement said consular staff are working with the Turkish authorities to shed light on the case.

But according to the latter, who examined the surveillance camera recordings installed around the building, the dissident did not leave the precinct of the consulate. Ankara takes the case very seriously: the Turkish Foreign Ministry on Thursday summoned the Saudi ambassador for explanations. Defenders of press freedom and human rights in Saudi Arabia see this as evidence that Mr. Khashoggi is being held against his will, inside the building.

A busy career

“We are certain that Jamal is being held indoors, unless the consulate has a tunnel,” one of his friends, Turan Kislalçi, told AFP. Turkish-Arab journalists. The alert was given by Mr. Khashoggi’s fiancée, who accompanied him to the Saudi representation and was worried that he would not see it. “Given the propensity of the Saudi authorities to arrest critical journalists, the …

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