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Post publishes possibly last image of missing Saudi reporter

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published a surveillance image on Tuesday showing its missing Saudi contributor walking into the Saudi Consulate in a week ago, just before he disappeared. Turkish officials have said they fear the was killed there.

has called the allegations that it killed as "baseless," but has offered no evidence over the past seven days to show that he ever left the building.

The image released by the Post bore a date and date stamp. The Post said "a person close to the investigation" shared the image with them.

Khashoggi, 59, went missing while on a visit to the consulate in for paperwork to marry his Turkish fiance. The consulate insists the left its premises, contradicting Turkish officials.

He had been living since last year in the United States, in a self-imposed exile, in part due to the rise of Mohammed, the son of

As a contributor to the Post, Khashoggi has written extensively about Saudi Arabia, including criticizing its war in Yemen, its recent diplomatic spat with and its arrest of women's rights activists after the lifting of a ban on women driving. All those issues have been viewed as being pushed by Mohammed, who similarly has led roundups of activists, and others in the kingdom.

Turkish on Monday urged the Saudis to back up their claim that Khashoggi left the consulate.

"Now when this person enters, whose duty is it to prove that he left or not? It is (the duty) of the consulate officials," Erdogan said during a visit to

"Don't you have cameras and other things? Why don't you prove it, you have to prove it." summoned the Saudi on Sunday to request the kingdom's "full cooperation" in the investigation, a said.

The Turkish private NTV television said asked for permission for its investigators to search the consulate building, but a would not confirm the report.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorised to talk to reporters about the subject.

Ties between and are at a low point over Turkey's support for in its year-long dispute with and other Gulf nations. sent to and deployed troops at its military base there.

A Sunni power, is also annoyed by Ankara's rapprochement with the kingdom's Shiite archrival,

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First Published: Tue, October 09 2018. 13:20 IST