Khashoggi has been missing since he entered the consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday, and Turkish police investigating his disappearance issued a statement saying that 15 Saudis, including several officials, entered the consulate while he was inside, Turkey's Anadolu news agency reported. "And I can give them answers, I have nothing to hide.'" His fiancee's father pressurised him to get the relevant documents to initiate the official marriage process in Turkey.
There has been a Twitter uproar on social media by political activists and opinion writers talking about they called the "exposed play", and the unusual Muslim Brotherhood supporters who tweeted that Khashoggi died two days ago, which was seen by many to expose the systematic and deliberate game.
The official also said that a team of Saudi investigators arrived in Istanbul Saturday at the request of the Saudi government and with the permission of Turkish authorities.
Reacting to the news of his alleged murder, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, said she "did not believe he has been killed".
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Saudi officials have denied the allegations that Khashoggi was killed as "baseless".
A fierce critic of Saudi policies, the royal family and its power, Mr Khashoggi had been living in self-imposed exile in Washington for the a year ago, fearing retribution for his views.
"Everything is being inspected, especially entries and exits out of Istanbul, the airport", he said.
A senior Turkish police source told MEE that police believed that Khashoggi was "brutally tortured, killed and cut into pieces" inside the consulate after visiting the building on 2 October. And with each passing day, Turkish authorities are more convinced that he will never be seen again, his life ended by Saudi agents who had lain in wait, then carried out an act of state-sanctioned murder in the heart of Istanbul.
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"It is very, very upsetting for us that it happened in our country", he said. "Right now we are waiting persistently to see what the prosecutor will decide, what it will announce as a result of these pursuits".
In the interview published Friday, the Saudi crown prince also said he understood that Khashoggi had entered the consulate "and he got out after a few minutes or one hour".
Turkey is in the midst of an economic crisis compounded by a feud with Washington, and Ankara may wish to avoid alienating a rich and influential trading partner like Saudi Arabia.
After Reuters first quoted two officials as saying that the journalist had been killed, a government spokesperson circulated this claim, following which a number of other officials confirmed it.
Saudi Arabia has since March 2015 spearheaded a regional military intervention in Yemen, in support of a government that is fighting rebels backed by Riyadh's arch-rival Iran.
The prince took to his Twitter to express his concern about the disappearance of the Washington Post opinion writer.
Khashoggi's criticism of Prince Mohammed's policies have appeared in both the Arab and Western press.
"His is a voice of reasoned criticism and wise comment that the Saudi crown prince should listen to", wrote Law.
Saudi Arabia's consul-general told Reuters earlier on Saturday that his country was helping search for Khashoggi, and dismissed talk of his possible abduction.