How journalist met his death

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By Greg Heffer and David Mercer, news reporters

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October to obtain papers he needed to get married. He never reemerged.

Reports emerged that the Washington Post columnist had been tortured, murdered and dismembered inside the building for his opposition to the Riyadh regime.

Footage broadcast by Turkish media showed an apparent hit squad sent to target Khashoggi, including a member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage.

After Saudi Arabia confirmed Khashoggi died inside the consulate, Sky News looks at how events unfolded on the day the journalist was killed.

What does the footage show?

1) Footage of Jamal Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate after 1pm on 2 October. His fiancee Hatice Cengiz waits outside the building.

A caption in Turkish reads: “Jamal Khashoggi arrives at consulate general”

Jamal Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

2) Private jet carrying nine Saudis – said to be linked to Mr Khashoggi’s death – lands at Ataturk International Airport in Istanbul after 3am on 2 October

A caption in Turkish reads: “Nine individuals arriving at the airport with a private jet around 0328 (0028 GMT)”

CCTV footage of private jet carrying nine Saudis said to be linked to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

3) Black vans drive on airport tarmac

A caption in Turkish reads: “Nine of the individuals arriving at the airport with a private jet around 0328 (0028 GMT)”

Black vans at Istanbul airport linked to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance

4) Saudis pass through airport security checkpoint

A caption in Turkish reads: “Nine of the individuals entering airport from Terminal E at 0337 (0037 GMT)”

Saudis linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance passing through security checkpoint at Istanbul airport
Saudis linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance passing through security checkpoint at Istanbul airport

5) Saudis arrive at hotel lobby and reception, while two take a lift

A caption in Turkish reads: “Nine of the individuals enter Movenpick Hotel on 2 October 2018 at 0505 (0205 GMT)”

Saudis linked to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance at hotel lobby
Saudis linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance at Istanbul hotel
Saudis linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance at Istanbul hotel

6) Saudis leave the hotel

A caption in Turkish reads: “Six of the individuals leaving Movenpick Hotel in groups on 2 October 2018 at 0940 (0640 GMT) and 0955 (0655 GMT)”

Saudis linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance leave hotel

7) Member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage enters the consulate

The man, identified as bodyguard Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, walks past police barricades at the consulate at 9.55am with several men trailing behind him.

Mr Khashoggi arrives at the consulate several hours later at 1.14pm.

Surveillance camera footage of a man, previously seen with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage, walking towards the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul just before writer Jamal Khashoggi disappeared
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An alleged member of the hit squad enters the consulate hours before Mr Khashoggi arrives
Surveillance camera footage of a man, previously seen with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage, outside the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul
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The man has been named as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s entourage

7) Another group of Saudis arrive at a different hotel, along with a black car

A caption in Turkish reads: “Seven of the individuals arrive at Wyand Grande Hotel at different hours (that is being clarified) on 1 October and 2 October 2018”

Saudi men linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance leave a hotel
Black car arrives at hotel in footage released linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance

8) Man leaves hotel

A caption in Turkish reads: “An individual leaving hotel on 2 October 2018 at 1050 (0750 GMT)”

Man linked to Jamal Khashoggi disappearance leaves hotel

9) A van and a black car arrive and leave the Saudi consulate

A caption in Turkish reads: “Vehicles with plate numbers 34CC2248 and 34CC1865 leave consulate at 1508 (1208 GMT)”

Vans and vehicles leave the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
Vans and vehicles leave the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
A black van arrives at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul
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A black van arrives at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

10) A black van arrives at the Saudi consulate and enters a garage

A black van enters a garage at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

11) Mr Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice Cengiz waits outside the Saudi consulate

A caption in Turkish reads: “Khashoggi’s fiancee Hatice seen in front of consulate general at 1733 (1433 GMT)”

When Mr Khashoggi failed to come out of the consulate after several hours, Hatice is understood to have called an adviser to the Turkish president and a journalist friend to raise the alarm.

Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul

12) Saudis leave the hotel in groups

Sky News has learned that Turkish authorities tried to set up roadblocks to stop the alleged killers reaching the airport. They also put out a call to the airport to stop them at passport control. It is thought that, as many of the Saudi team had diplomatic status, they went through a VIP section of the airport.

Saudis linked to Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance leave an Istanbul hotel in groups

13) A white jeep and a private jet on airport tarmac

A caption in Turkish reads: “Six of the individuals leaving airport from terminal gate E on 2 October 2018 at 1740 (1440 GMT)”

A white jeep and private jet on airport tarmac

14) Another group of Saudis leave by private jet

A caption in Turkish reads: “Seven of the individuals leaving airport from terminal gate E on 2 October 2018 at 2100 (1800 GMT) with a private jet”

Sky News’ sources say one of the jets taking the team back to Saudi Arabia was searched by Turkish police posing as cleaners – but they found nothing.

Private jet carries Saudis from Istanbul airport

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