"He was worried about visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but he did not think the authorities would dare to question him or arrest him in a foreign country," Khadija Genghis, the fiancé of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, said in her first television interview since the killing. "Turkish relations with Turkey were good, as were his political relations. He believed that Turkey was a safe country. If he was detained or interrogated, this issue would be resolved quickly," said her fiance.
Genghis, who was waiting for Khashoggi outside the consulate on 2 October, said that his fiancé had received good treatment during his first visit to the consulate on 28 September, four days before his visit. "I have found myself since the death of my fiancé in a monstrous darkness that I can not express," said Genghis, a Turkish academic whose sermon was announced at Khashoggi four months ago.
Genghis asked US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who recently contacted her about the case, whether he had any news that could make her happy, "but he said he did not." She said she had not received a condolence call from any Saudi officials. Turkish police announced that Genghis had been placed under police protection in Istanbul around the clock this week without giving any reason.
The Saudi authorities said earlier that Khashoggi died during a fight with Saudi officials inside the consulate, and that his body was covered in a carpet and was disposed of. However, Turkish investigators claimed that Khashoggi was tortured before his death and that his body was cut down by a team of 15 men who were sent to kill him.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan used the case to exert pressure on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman when he accused members of his bodyguards and other senior officials of carrying out the killing. On Friday, Erdogan presented new demands for Saudi Arabia to reveal the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body and identify who had been killed – evidence that Ankara was ready to keep pressure on the kingdom.
Police in Istanbul are now focusing on finding the journalist's body in a well in the park of the consulate's nearby headquarters and forest areas outside the city. "There are several ways of investigation that have not yet been explored," Erdogan told members of the Justice and Development Party in a Friday speech.
Riyadh is due to send the Saudi attorney general to Istanbul on Sunday to assist in the investigation.