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Doctor linked to Khashoggi disappearance studied medicine in Melbourne

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A man suspected to be involved in the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has links to Australia.

It has been revealed a doctor suspected to be involved in the alleged murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey attended a Melbourne medical institution.

Dr Salah al-Tubaigy attended the Victorian Institute of Forensic Medicine for three months as an observer in 2015 under Saudi sponsorship, the ABC reports.

He had a particular interest in CT scanning, a practice which uses computers and x-rays to create meticulous pictures of the body, a VIFM spokeswoman said.

"He was there strictly as an observer, he didn’t practice in any way," the spokesperson said.

Turkish authorities allege Dr al-Tubaigy was one of the 15 men who entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, when Mr Khashoggi is suspected to have been murdered.

CCTV footage shows Mr Khashoggi and the party of 15 entering the consulate on that date.

Footage shows only the group of men exiting the consulate.

Turkish authorities have searched the Saudi consulate, where they claim to have found material which had been "painted over".

US media reported earlier this week Saudi Arabia was preparing a report claiming Mr Khashoggi's death resulted from an interrogation gone wrong.

October 16, 2018: Turkish crime scene investigators inspect the consul room.
October 16, 2018: Turkish crime scene investigators inspect the consul room.
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No such report has been released yet.

Mr Khashoggi, who was living in the US at the time of his disappearance, is a prominent critic of the Saudi government.

He entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to pick up documents for his upcoming marriage.

- with AAP

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