Rabat - Turkish authorities have asked for permission to search Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Rabat – Turkish authorities have asked for permission to search Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul for Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
NTV reported the request on Monday. The journalist went missing October 2 when he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
Turkish officials believe that the journalist was murdered in the consulate.
The disappearance of the Saudi journalist, who wrote critically of Saudi Arabia’s foreign policies, led to the intervention of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan. The president is personally following the case.
Turkey also announced that Saudi Arabia’s ambassador was summoned to the foreign affairs minister for a second time on Sunday.
Morocco’s Prince Moulay Hicham condemned the alleged murder of Khashoggi.
The prince said that the murder should be regarded as a “political assassination conducted on Saudi soil. This violates international law, human rights and the very tenets of Islamic law.”
Erdogan condemned the alleged murder as well, regretting that it happened in Turkey.
“It is very, very upsetting for us that it happened in our country,” he said.
In March, Khashoggi questioned the freedom of the press in his country and criticized Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his crackdown on dissent.
Quoted by Al Jazeera, the self-exiled Saudi journalist said, “Now nobody will dare to speak and criticise the reform … It would be much better for him to allow a breathing space for critics, for Saudi intellectuals, Saudi writers, Saudi media to debate.”