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19 October 2018, 08:54 | Vera Richards

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago Credit Hasan Jamali AP

Jamal Khashoggi has not been seen since entering Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago

A pro-government Turkish newspaper published a gruesome account of the alleged murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, showing the writer was dismembered before he was killed, and his remains may have been melted in acid. "You are going to get me in trouble".

On Thursday, the Post published what it described as Khashoggi's last column in honor of the missing journalist.

Trump has urged patience in the wake of US -based Khashoggi's disappearance earlier this month during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, and said he took the matter seriously.

After a successful career as an adviser to and unofficial spokesman for the royal family of Saudi Arabia, he had been barred from writing in the kingdom, even on Twitter, by the new crown prince.

The newspaper said they received his column, titled "What the Arab world needs most is free expression", after Khashoggi disappeared just over two weeks ago.

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US President Donald Trump says the US has asked Turkey for an audio recording of Jamal Khashoggi's death which reportedly proves he was brutally tortured before his premeditated murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Global pressure has also been mounting on Riyadh with United Nations human rights chief Michelle Bachelet calling for the lifting of the immunity of officials who might be involved in Khashoggi's disappearance.

Turkish investigators carried out searches Thursday at the Saudi consulate and the nearby consul's residence in Istanbul in connection with the disappearance of USA -based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In the column, the Saudi journalist argued in favor of a free press in the Middle East. Sultan Khashoggi, speaking on behalf of the Khashoggi family, also rejected a statement being attributed to them earlier, which calls for an "independent and impartial worldwide commission to inquire" Khashoggi's case.

Earlier this week, former foreign secretary Sir Malcolm Rifkind called for Britain to impose sanctions against Saudi Arabia following the disappearance of a Saudi journalist.

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Saudi officials have denied the allegations but it has done nothing to prevent the growing backlash against the regime across the world.

She ended her note: "This column perfectly captures his commitment and passion for freedom in the Arab world". At another point, he said, "I'm not sure yet that it exists".

A New York Times report, citing witnesses and other records, linked four suspects to Prince Mohammed's security detail.

In an interview with Fox News, a prominent Trump ally in the Senate called on Saudi Arabia to reject the crown prince, known as MBS, who rose to power past year and has aggressively sought to soften the kingdom's image overseas and attract foreign investment.

Saudi authorities, meanwhile, have said Khashoggi left the consulate without being harmed shortly after he arrived.

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Meanwhile, International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde has become the latest high-profile figure to withdraw from a major Saudi investment conference next week following Mr Khashoggi's disappearance.



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