Jamal Khashoggi

Turkish officials have audio and video evidence that shows missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to the BBC.

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government, has not been seen since he entered the building on 2nd of October.

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Turkish intelligence had “documented evidence” of the murder, a source close to the investigation said.

Saudi Arabia’s interior minister has dismissed the accusations.

According to the official Saudi Press Agency, Prince Abdulaziz bin Saud bin Naif bin Abdulaziz said “orders to kill him are lies and baseless allegations”.

Saudi Arabia has maintained the journalist left the building, with the minister saying the kingdom was keen to discover “the whole truth”, according to the news agency.

Khashoggi’s disappearance and reported death have prompted international outrage and dented business confidence in Saudi Arabia.

Tycoon Sir Richard Branson has halted talks over $1bn Saudi investment in Virgin space firms and several top business leaders and media groups have pulled out of a Saudi investment conference later this month.

However, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin told American news network CNBC he was still planning to attend the conference, despite the House of Representatives’ foreign affairs committee writing to President Donald Trump urging him to reconsider.

Below is CCTV footage showing missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul – video source: BBC