HRW urges Saudi allies to review ties over missing journalist

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Saudi Arabia has called the allegations baseless.

Turkish officials say they believe Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate, and that a group of 15 Saudi nationals were involved in the murder.

The dissident Saudi journalist went missing October 2, shortly after he entered the consulate to obtain paperwork related to his upcoming wedding.

"He went in and doesn't look like he came out".

Over the past year Khashoggi used his platform as a Washington Post columnist to criticize the policies of Saudi Arabia's powerful young crown prince, from the war in Yemen to the arrest of women's rights advocates. "We believe that the murder was premeditated and the body was subsequently moved out of the consulate", one Turkish official told Reuters.

President Donald Trump says the U.S.is looking into the fate of a Saudi writer missing and feared murdered.

Saudi officials meant to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia, the Washington Post reported the source as saying, but it was unclear what they meant to do with him - and whether the USA ever warned Khashoggi of the threat he faced.

Turkey said Tuesday it would search the Saudi Consulate. Is it possible that there was no Saudi camera system where this incident took place?

Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate on Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.

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Maria Fernanda Espinosa, who heads the UN General Assembly, supports "an independent and impartial investigation" into Khashoggi's disappearance, her spokeswoman Monica Villela Grayly said.

Friends of Khashoggi told the Washington Post that for several months, senior Saudi officials were offering him protection, "even a high-level job working for the government" if the critic returned to the kingdom. No evidence of him leaving the consulate has been made public, but Turkish officials also have yet to provide evidence he was kidnapped or killed.

Mr Khashoggi had been living in the USA, where he contributed articles to the Washington Post's opinion section. Its passengers checked into two hotels near the consulate and booked rooms until October 5.

Saudi Arabia, which has denied the accusations, is under vast global pressure, including from the U.S. and the European Union, to support a "thorough and open" probe into the journalist's disappearance.

Sherif Diab, an Egyptian activist who attended a rally outside the consulate on Monday, told Al Jazeera that they gathered to find justice for Khashoggi, condemning Saudi authorities.

"We would like to know exactly what happened inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and the circumstances surrounding his disappearance", said Mohamed Okad, a friend of Khashoggi and founder of Insight into Crisis, a conflict advisory group.

Saudi authorities have said they do not have security footage from that day.

The president said Wednesday he has been in contact with Saudi officials at the highest levels shortly before the Washington Post reported Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman sought to lure Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia and detain him.

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