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Turkish police leave Saudi consulate in Istanbul after nine hours, says witness

Key Points
  • A team of Turkish police investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi spent more than nine hours in the building, a Reuters witness said.
  • Khashoggi — a U.S. resident who was a Washington Post columnist and leading critic of the powerful Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman — vanished after entering the consulate to get marriage documents.
  • Four forensic vehicles reportedly arrived outside the consulate and took away soil samples as well as a metal door from the garden.
A Turkish crime scene investigation team member leaves as he and other team members completed the inspection of the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey after start of joint Turkish-Saudi probe of missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi on October 16, 2018. 
Sebnem Coskun | Anadolu Agency | Getty Images

A team of Turkish police investigating the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul two weeks ago, spent more than nine hours in the building, a Reuters witness said.

A crime scene investigation team of around 10 people left the consulate after completing a search early on Tuesday, the witness said.

Khashoggi — a U.S. resident who was a Washington Post columnist and leading critic of the powerful Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman — vanished after entering the consulate to get marriage documents. Turkish officials say they believe he was murdered there and his body removed.

Four forensic vehicles arrived outside the consulate and took away soil samples as well as a metal door from the garden, the Reuters witness said. A police dog was part of the search team.

A Turkish diplomatic source had earlier said that a joint Turkish-Saudi team would search the consulate — the last place Khashoggi was seen before he vanished on Oct. 2.