Saudi government planned Jamal Khashoggi hit: NY Times

Turkish paper publishes photos of Saudi journalist's 'assassination squad'

A video obtained by The Washington Post on Wednesday purports to lay out movements of the 15-man Saudi team that Turkish authorities suspect of carrying out the abduction or killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last week.

Whether this refers to the new General Directorate for Investigation as part of new Saudi state security departments created past year is unclear.

Government sources said at the weekend that police believed Khashoggi was killed by a team specially sent to Istanbul, thought to consist of 15 Saudis.

His message struck a nuanced tone in the U.S., where he tried to acknowledge the reforms undertaken by Bin Salman while also highlighting the flaws.

The team arrived in Istanbul on two private planes, one of which landed after 3 a.m. (0000 GMT) on Tuesday while the second plane landed around 5 p.m. (1400 GMT) after Khashoggi entered the consulate.

Sabah revealed the times the Saudi nationals arrived and left Istanbul.

The planes belonged to a company based in Saudi Arabia that has links to the state.

Self-exiled Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi said earlier this year that the Saudi government has been moving toward nationalist radicalism.

The English-language state broadcaster TRT World reported that Turkish officials believe the Saudis may have taken the consulate's CCTV footage with them when they returned to Riyadh.

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Public access flight trackers show one of the planes heading to Dubai on its way to Riyadh.

In a column published Wednesday by the Washington Post, Hatice Cengiz wrote: "I also urge Saudi Arabia, especially King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, to show the same level of sensitivity and release CCTV footage from the consulate".

Overall, he decried a "global epidemic" of the stigmatization of journalists, "whether it's the United States and Donald Trump calling them "the enemy of the people" or it's [President] Rodrigo Duterte in the Philippines doing much the same thing - where any number of other places journalists are under threat".

The UK's foreign secretary told Saudi Arabia that Britain expects urgent answers over the disappearance of Mr Khashoggi, it emerged on Tuesday. "It is like 'Pulp Fiction, '" the official said. The two soon agreed to marry, but in order to do so he needed to finalise his divorce with his first wife in Saudi Arabia.

The kingdom did not respond to requests for comment Wednesday.

She said the figure in the video pacing outside on the phone and identified as her in the video could show her as she frantically made calls to try to find Khashoggi, but she cannot be sure.

Turkey, however, remains reluctant to officially blame Saudi Arabia for Khashoggi's murder. She said the writer first visited the consulate on September 28 "despite being somewhat concerned that he could be in danger". In 2017, the relationship hit what was then considered rock-bottom after Saudi Arabia imposed an economic blockade on neighbouring Qatar, over the latter's alleged support of terrorism in the Middle East.

Saudi officials deny the allegation, claiming he left the premises - although they have yet to provide proof.

Riyadh and Ankara have also differed on the subject of the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt and on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, where Saudi Arabia has unofficially backed the so-called U.S. "deal of the century", whereas Turkey has condemned the Trump administration's attempt to "force a deal on the Palestinians".

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