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Lebanese media say Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi who is suspected to have disappeared in Turkey's Istanbul has been flown to Riyadh. Referring to rumors that "a black car" took Khashoggi from the consulate to an unknown location, Kışlakçı said they could not confirm this, and they believed he was being held in a room in the consulate.

Khashoggi's disappearance is not, in and of itself, surprising.

The Post ran a blank column in its Friday edition, tweeting: "We are holding a spot for Jamal Khashoggi in Friday's newspaper".

As the mystery deepens, here's what to know.

The 59-year-old commentator has been living in self-imposed exile in the U.S. and working as a contributor to the Washington Post. Khashoggi had not reemerged. "And I love the king, King Salman, but I said, 'King we're protecting you".

Saudi officials have also intensified security measures in the Shia-populated and oil-rich Eastern Province.

Khashoggi, 59, is among the Arab world's best-known journalists and political commentators. Fearing he would be arrested, he has lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since previous year.

"His criticism voiced over the past year most surely rankles Mohammed bin Salman, who was elevated to crown prince last year and has carried out a wide-ranging campaign to silence dissent while trying to modernize the kingdom", the Post editorial read.

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He said March there was no room left for debate in Saudi Arabia, with citizens rounded up and jailed for questioning the government's policies.

"The consulate confirmed that it is carrying out follow-up procedures and coordination with the Turkish local authorities to uncover the circumstances of the disappearance", the SPA said.

But Khashoggi's fiancée contests this account.

Prince Mohammed said the deal between Aramco and Sabic, which he hopes will close next year, was key for the future of the country's energy industry. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke with Mohammed bin Salman Wednesday, but a readout did not mention Khashoggi.

Meanwhile, a Saudi official quoted by Reuters claimed that Khashoggi was "not in the consulate nor in Saudi custody". Turkey was ranked "the world's worst jailer for the second consecutive year", with 73 journalists behind bars in 2017, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Saudi Consulate officials have said that Khashoggi, a writer and Saudi critic, went missing after leaving the consulate, however the statement directly contradicts other sources, including Turkish officials who believe that the writer is still inside and being held by Saudi officials.

"The burden of proof is on Saudi Arabia to produce evidence for its claim that Khashoggi left the consulate alone, and that Saudi agents have not detained him", said Middle East director Sarah Leah Whitson.