Key moments surrounding the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the kingdom's policies and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (Photo | File/AFP)
Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi (Photo | File/AFP)

ISTANBUL: Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the kingdom's policies and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Here are some key moments in the slaying of the Washington Post columnist:

Sep 2017: The Post publishes the first column by Khashoggi in its newspaper, in which the former royal court insider writes about going into a self-imposed exile in the US over the rise of Prince Mohammed.

His following columns criticise the prince and the kingdom's direction.

Sep 28, 2018: Khashoggi visits the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, seeking documents in order to get married.

He's told to return Oct 2.

Oct 1: Khashoggi returns to Istanbul.

At around 16:30, a three-person Saudi team arrives in Istanbul on a scheduled flight, checks in to their hotels then visits the consulate.

Another group of officials from the consulate travel to a forest in Istanbul's outskirts on a "reconnaissance" trip.

Oct 2 - 3:28 am: A private jet arrives at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport carrying some members of what Turkish media refers to as Saudi "assassination squad."

Other members of the team arrive by two commercial flights in the afternoon.

They meet at the Saudi Consulate.

One of the first things they do is to dismantle a hard disk connected to the consulate's camera system.

11:50 am: Khashoggi is called to confirm his appointment at the consulate later that day.

1:14 pm: Surveillance footage later leaked to Turkish media shows Khashoggi walking into the main entrance of the Saudi Consulate.

No footage made public ever shows him leaving.

His fiancee waits outside, pacing for hours.

3:07 pm: Surveillance footage shows vehicles with diplomatic license plates leaving the Saudi Consulate for the consul general's home some 2 km away.

5:50 pm: Khashoggi's fiancee alerts authorities, saying he may have been forcibly detained inside the consulate or that something bad may have happened to him.

7:00 pm: A private plane from Saudi Arabia carries six members of the alleged Saudi squad from Istanbul to Cairo, the next day returning to Riyadh.

11:00 pm: Seven members of the alleged Saudi squad leave on another private jet to Dubai, which the next day returns to Riyadh.

Two others leave by commercial flights.

Erdogan confirms reports that a "body double"  'a man wearing Khashoggi's clothes, glasses and a beard ' leaves the consulate building for Riyadh with another person on a scheduled flight later that day.

Oct 3: Khashoggi's fiancee and the Post go public with his disappearance.

Saudi Arabia says Khashoggi visited the consulate and exited shortly thereafter.

Turkish officials suggest Khashoggi might still be in the consulate.

Prince Mohammed tells Bloomberg: "We have nothing to hide."

Oct 4: Saudi Arabia says that the consulate is carrying out "follow-up procedures and coordination with the Turkish local authorities to uncover the circumstances of the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi after he left the consulate building."

Oct 6: The Post reports Khashoggi may have been killed in the consulate in a "preplanned murder" by a Saudi team.

Oct 7: A friend of Khashoggi tells the AP that officials told him the writer was killed at the consulate.

The consulate rejects what it calls "baseless allegations."

Oct 8: Saudi Arabia's ambassador to Turkey is summoned over Khashoggi's disappearance and alleged killing.

Oct 9: Turkey says it will search the Saudi Consulate as a picture of Khashoggi walking into the diplomatic post surfaces.

Oct 10: Surveillance footage is leaked of Khashoggi and the alleged Saudi squad that killed him.

Khashoggi's fiancee asks President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump for help.

Oct 11: Turkish media describes Saudi squad as including royal guards, intelligence officers, soldiers and an autopsy expert.

Trump promises to get to the bottom of Khashoggi's disappearance.

Oct 13: A pro-government newspaper reports that Turkish officials have an audio recording of Khashoggi's alleged killing from his Apple Watch, but details in the report come into question.

Oct 14: Trump says "there will be severe punishment" if Saudi Arabia is involved.

The kingdom responds with a blistering attack against those who threaten it, as the manager of a Saudi-owned satellite news channel suggests the country could retaliate through its oil exports.

Oct 15: A Turkish forensics team enters and searches the Saudi Consulate.

Oct 16: A high-level Turkish official tells the AP that "certain evidence" was found in the Saudi Consulate proving Khashoggi was killed there.

Pompeo arrives for meetings in Saudi Arabia with King Salman and Prince Mohammed.

Oct 18: A leaked surveillance photograph shows a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage walked into the consulate just before Khashoggi vanished there.

Oct 20: Saudi Arabia for the first time acknowledges Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, claiming he was slain in a "fistfight."

The claim draws immediate scepticism from the kingdom's Western allies.

Oct 22: A report says a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage made four calls to the royal's office around the time Khashoggi was killed.

Police search a vehicle belonging to the Saudi consulate parked at an underground garage in Istanbul.

Oct 23: Erdogan says Saudi officials murdered Khashoggi after plotting his death for days, demanding that Saudi Arabia reveal the identities of all involved.

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