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Saudi van with 3 suitcases leaves Istanbul consulate

A van in black with tinted windows arrives at the Saudi consulate as the waiting continues on the killing of Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul

October 26, 2018 at 10:02 am

A van left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul this morning after consular staff moved three suitcases and a black plastic bag to the vehicle, according to an Anadolu Agency reporter on the scene outside the consulate.

The suitcases and plastic bag were moved to a van with black-tinted windows from another vehicle while a man from inside the consulate carrying a coiled white cable also got in the van.

The contents of the suitcases and plastic bag were unknown, as was the identity of the man.

The consulate is under heightened scrutiny amid near-daily revelations about the case of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post, was last seen on 2 October when he entered the consulate building.

After days of denying any knowledge of his whereabouts, Saudi officials last week admitted that Khashoggi was killed in a “brawl” at the consulate.

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