Saudi Arabia is Trying to Sell Off its Istanbul Consulate Quietly

Published September 18th, 2019 - 07:23 GMT
Saudi consulate in Istanbul (Twitter)
Saudi consulate in Istanbul (Twitter)
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The consulate's new owners have not been revealed, but the buildings were reportedly sold for around a third of their value.

Saudi Arabia is trying to quietly sell off its Istanbul consulate, Turkish media reported on Tuesday.

The revelation comes as the first anniversary of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate approaches.

The Saudi foreign ministry has "secretly and quickly" sold the consulate buildings in central Istanbul, HaberTurk reported.

The consulate's new owners have not been revealed, but the buildings were reportedly sold for around a third of their value.

The sale has also not been publicly confirmed by the kingdom.

Saudi Arabia will soon move its consulate to a new premesis in Istanbul's northern Sariyer district near the US Consulate.

According to Turkish legal experts, the sale of the embassy - still considered a crime scene by the Turkish authorities - will enable its most thorough investigation by officials yet.

The reported sale comes just two weeks ahead of the first anniversary of Khashoggi's killing, which is widely believed to have been ordered by Mohammad bin Salman, the Saudi crown prince and de-facto ruler.

A report by a UN expert released earlier this year placed the blame for the brutal murder squarely on Saudi Arabia, while new recordings released earlier this month by the Turkish press provided yet more evidence that top-level officials had plotted his vicious murder.

The transcript revealed for the first time Khashoggi's last words.

"I have asthma. Please, you'll strangle me", he said before he died.

This article has been adapted from its original source.          


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