His fiancée, waiting outside, said he never emerged and Turkish sources said they believe Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, was killed inside the mission. Airport security officials now say they checked all bags that the Saudi teams took with them from the consulate to the airport and say there were no suspicious items in any of the items loaded on to the jets for their return journeys to Riyadh. No evidence of him leaving the consulate has been made public, but Turkish officials also have yet to provide evidence he was kidnapped or killed.
A private Turkish television channel close to the country's president has aired surveillance video of missing writer Jamal Khashoggi walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul and a black van leaving later for the consul's home.
Khashoggi had written a series of columns for the Washington Post that were critical of Saudi Arabia's assertive Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has led a widely publicized drive to reform the Sunni monarchy but has also presided over the arrests of activists and businessmen.
The report by the Sabah newspaper, which is close to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, published images of the men apparently taken at passport control. It has issued a blanket denial of the claims it killed Mr Khashoggi, calling them...
Daily Sabah added that the Saudi crew arrived at the Saudi consulate general in Istanbul on 2 October and left the same evening despite making a hotel reservation for four days. He later returned October 2 after being promised needed paperwork so the two could be married.
The video then cuts away to traffic outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul's upscale 4th Levent neighborhood, showing vehicles with green diplomatic license plates.
Saudi authorities have so far not commented on the 15 nationals reported to have come to Turkey.
At 5:32 p.m., cameras show Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, outside the police barricades of the consulate, speaking into her cellphone.
If missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi is found to be murdered, not only Saudi Arabia's relations with Turkey will be harmed, but also Riyadh's relations with the world will suffer, two Turkish senior ruling party members told Al Jazeera.
"At this time, I implore President Trump and first lady Melania Trump to help shed light on Jamal's disappearance", Cengiz wrote.
He had been in a self-imposed exile in the USA since a year ago, fearful of the prince's low tolerance for criticism.
The newspaper also pointed out that Saudi security staff arrived at a hotel near the Saudi consulate, left some belongings, and then headed toward the consulate.
Writer Jamal Khashoggi, who had written critically about Prince Mohammed and the kingdom, vanished October 2 while on a trip to the consulate to get paperwork so he could be married to Cengiz.
The country's foreign ministry has said it is "open to co-operation" and a search of the building can go ahead as part of the investigation. It's unclear when such a search would take place. Saudi Arabia may have agreed to the search in order to reassure its Western allies and the worldwide community. A search would be an extraordinary development, as embassies and consulates under the Vienna Convention are technically foreign soil and must be protected by host nations.
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