British journalist Bill Lo told al-Jazeera that his sources told him that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who disappeared Tuesday after entering his consulate in Istanbul, is now in Jeddah prison in western Saudi Arabia.
“According to his sources, Khashoggi was taken quickly and taken out of the consulate and then from Turkey to Saudi Arabia.
While Turkish officials said they believed the writer was still in the consulate, Saudi officials said he left shortly after he entered.
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman said in an interview with Bloomberg that the Turkish authorities could inspect the consulate, adding further uncertainty about the fate of the man.
In the same context, the British newspaper The Guardian said that there are fears that the Saudi writer was detained, and then smuggled in a diplomatic car from the consulate of his country in Istanbul and transferred to Saudi Arabia.
The newspaper raised the possibility, at a time when Khashoggi’s disappearance was a mystery since entering the consulate building to extract a document allowing him to complete his marriage to his Turkish fiancée.
Speaking about the circumstances of this case, Guardian said the Saudi writer’s positions, explaining that he has been for more than three decades calling for social and political reforms in Saudi Arabia and the Arab region.
She also referred to an article he wrote a year ago in The Washington Post, in which he stated that his departure from his country was due to the crackdown launched a few months after the inauguration of Mohammed bin Salman as crown prince of the kingdom in June 2017.
He also quoted him as saying in August that many in the Arab world who were looking for freedom, equality and democracy felt defeated, as pro-regime media trained them as traitors, at a time when the international community had abandoned them.