Turkey says Saudi leaders ordered murder of missing journalist

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A senior Turkish official told The New York Times on Tuesday that security officials have determined that missing Saudi dissident journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last Tuesday on orders of the royal court.

Khashoggi was at the consulate to pick up a document he needed to get married, and was killed within two hours of his arrival, the official said.

Turkey says 15 Saudi agents arrived in Istanbul on two charter flights the same day Khashoggi went to the consulate, and left a few hours later.

One of those agents was an autopsy expert, the official told the Times, and security officials believe he helped with dismembering Khashoggi’s body.

Saudi Arabia denies killing Khashoggi.

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