A prominent Saudi Arabian journalist was killed by a hit team after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this week, Turkish investigators concluded, according to a report.
Jamal Khashoggi, 59, disappeared after visiting the consulate to obtain paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee, while she waited for him outside.
Investigators believe 15 people from Saudi Arabia killed the writer in a “preplanned murder,” The Washington Post reported.
Sources with knowledge of the probe said the team was sent to Istanbul “specifically for the murder,” according to the report.
Khashoggi’s fiancee said she never saw him again after he went to obtain the required paperwork.
“He went in, and as far as I know, he didn’t come out. And if he did exit, we have no news of him. His phones are with me. I have the keys to his house here,” she said after he vanished.
Saudi Arabia denied that Khashogi was detained at the consulate.
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said Khashoggi left the consulate after his visit Tuesday, but that has not been corroborated.
The Washington Post columnist’s work was often critical of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.