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Turkish
police have reportedly been given permission to search a well in
the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Here, a Turkish police officer
enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October
12.

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  • A Turkish politician claimed on Monday that journalist
    Jamal Khashoggi’s body was dumped in a well on the grounds of
    the the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
  • It wasn’t clear where Doğu Perinçek got that
    information, and the Turkish president did not address it in a
    speech on Tuesday.
  • Turkish state media reported on Wednesday that Turkish
    police were given permission to search the well.
  • Saudi officials initially refused to allow the search,
    state media said.

Turkish police have been given permission to search a well in the
Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where rumors have claimed Jamal
Khashoggi’s body was hidden, Turkish state-run TV reported on
Wednesday.

The search comes as part of Turkey’s investigation into
Khashoggi’s whereabouts, Turkey’s NTV channel reported, as cited
by Reuters.

The reported search of the comes two days after Doğu
Perinçek
, the chairman of Turkey’s left-wing nationalist
Patriotic Party, claimed that parts of Khashoggi’s body had been
found in a well in the the consulate.

It was unclear where Perinçek got that information, or whether he
was privy to Turkey’s intelligence, which has been the source of
most of the details of what happened (much of which is
unconfirmed).

Earlier on Wednesday Saudi officials tried to block Turkey from
searching the well, the state-run Turkish newspaper Anadolu
Agency
reported around 2 p.m. local time
, citing unnamed security
sources.

NTV’s report that the Saudis had allowed the search came around
an hour later.

Turkish police have searched the Saudi consulate and
consul-general’s home before. It’s not clear whether they were
given access to the well during earlier searches.


saudi consulate istanbul jamal khashoggi
The
Saudi consulate in Istanbul seen on October
10.

Murad
Sezer/Reuters


Perinçek on Monday said he expected Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan to discuss the claim in a speech on
Tuesday, but that did not come to pass.

Erdogan
appeared to ignore those rumors
 in his speech. He
instead settled for alluding to Saudi claims, made anonymously to

Reuters
and
the Associated Press
, that Khashoggi’s body was rolled up in
a fabric and handed over to a local Turkish collaborator for
disposal.

He said: “There is a claim that the body of Khashoggi has
been given to a local person. I am asking: Who is that local
person?”


mohammed bin salman erdogan
A
composite image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hamad I Mohammed/Reuters; Ali
Unal/AP


Although Khashoggi’s killing took place in Istanbul, Turkish
officials have had to adhere to Saudi rules because the consulate
is diplomatic Saudi property.

Turkish authorities weren’t allowed to search the Saudi consulate
until two weeks after Khashoggi’s October 2 disappearance.
Footage caught cleaning crews moving boxes of cleaning
supplies
 into the building before Turkey
was allowed to send in its investigator.


Erdogan lamented the delay in his Tuesday speech
, saying:
“Because of diplomatic immunity, we couldn’t go into the building
initially. This has become a matter for discussion. What
kind of steps can a host country take in a similar situation in
the future?”

Turkey has challenged the Saudi narrative on Khashoggi’s death at
every turn, and experts say it is likely because it is
trying to extract some kind of concession from the kingdom
.

Lisel Hintz, an associate professor at Johns Hopkins University,
added that Turkey’s state-run newspapers that have been covering
the crisis tend to print whatever the government wants them to.

Read more: Why
Turkish officials keep challenging Saudi Arabia’s claims about
Khashoggi’s killing


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Khashoggi
in 2011.

Associated Press/Virginia
Mayo


Saudi Arabia admitted last Friday — 17 days after Khashoggi’s
disappearance — that the journalist died in its Istanbul
consulate, but claimed it was due to a
physical altercation gone wrong
during a “rogue
operation
.”

Turkey’s president contradicted that claim on Tuesday, saying
instead that Khashoggi’s death was the result of a preplanned
murder.

US President Donald Trump on
Tuesday
 called the incident a “cover-up”,
adding that it is “one of the worst in the history of cover-ups.”

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