Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi entered his country’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2, 2018 to pick up official documents for his upcoming marriage.
At the time, he was living in self-exile in the United States where had been granted political asylum.
Political pressures had forced him out of Saudi Arabia and he had begun writing an opinion column for the Washington Post. He was often critical of the Saudi government, commenting on its foreign policy and repression of speech, taking direct aim at Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
After being granted asylum, Khashoggi had begun to build a network between Washington, Istanbul, London and other world capitals.
He was planning to marry and resettle in Turkey with his fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, which was the