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Saudi crown prince and heir to the throne Mohammed bin Salman is big on PR. He's fond of selling himself as a Silicon Valley-style disruptor eager to take Saudi Arabia into the future as a regional tech and logistics hub, trying to ink big deals with international tech giants that could help solidify his claim to the throne. Before his sweeping meet-and-greet tour of prominent US CEOs earlier this year, suspicious magazines titled The New Kingdom began appearing on newsstands across the country with headlines saying the prince was "destroying terrorism" and boasting of his "staggering $US4 ($6) trillion business empire."

On October 2, Saudi citizen, US resident, and journalist in self-imposed exile Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, reportedly wary of the potential consequences of entering a facility controlled by a dictatorial government he frequently criticised. He is now presumed dead at the hands of Saudi personnel, who Turkish officials speaking under the cover of anonymity have claimed were recorded torturing and murdering him inside the embassy.

On October 2nd, 2018, Saudi journalist-in-exile and frequent critic of the country’s ruling monarchy Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. resident, entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain routine documentation for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz. He was never seen leaving—and, according to the New York Times, Turkish officials are anonymously confirming that investigators believe he was killed inside. Other sources said he may have been later dismembered to smuggle his body out of the building.

Saudi Arabian Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, one of the world's richest individuals and a major investor in firms including Citigroup, Euro Disney, Apple, Twitter, 21st Century Fox, and Lyft, was arrested on Saturday night as "part of a sweeping anti-corruption crackdown that included detaining 10 other Saudi princes, four country ministers and dozens of other ministers," USA Today has reported.