Saudi Arabia opens its consulate to journalists to show missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi is not there.
Saudi Arabia's consul in Istanbul opened up his mission on Saturday (October 6) in an effort to show that prominent Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who vanished four days ago, was not on the premises and said that talk of his kidnapping was baseless.
Reuters journalists toured the six-storey consulate in northern Istanbul which Khashoggi entered on Tuesday to get documents for his forthcoming marriage. His fiancee, who had waited outside, said he never came out.
Mohammad al-Otaibi walked through the six floors of the building including a basement prayer room, offices, visa counters, kitchens and toilets as well as storage and security rooms. He opened cupboards, filing cabinets and wooden panels covering air conditioning units to demonstrate that the missing journalist was not on the premises.
He said the consulate was equipped with cameras but they did not record footage, so no images could be retrieved of Khashoggi entering or leaving the consulate, which is ringed by police barriers and has high security fences topped with barbed wire. The building has two entrances at the front and back, and Otaibi said Khashoggi could have left from either side.