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Tuesday Oct 23 2018
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AFP

Turkish police find 'abandoned Saudi consulate car' in Istanbul

By
AFP
A car with diplomatic number plates and allegedly belonging to the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul is photographed parked in an underground car park in Istanbul, Turkey, October 22, 2018. AFP
 

ISTANBUL: Turkish police on Monday found an abandoned car belonging to the Saudi consulate at an underground car park in Istanbul, three weeks after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's mission.

The car, which had diplomatic number plates, was found in an underground car park in the Sultangazi district of the city, the state-run Anadolu news agency and TRT World channel said.

Registration documents showed that the vehicle belonged to the consulate, they added. Police have asked prosecutors and the Saudi consulate for permission to search the vehicle.

Police cordoned off access to the car park, where large numbers of media have gathered, an AFP photographer said.

Saudi Arabia has finally admitted that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate in what Ankara now says was a "savagely planned" murder. But Khashoggi's remains have yet to be found.

COVER IMAGE: Turkish police stand guard next to an armoured police vehicle as they cordoned off an underground car park — where they found an abandoned car belonging to the Saudi consulate, three weeks after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate — in Istanbul, Turkey, October 22, 2018. AFP/Ozan Kose

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