Sean Penn Working on Documentary on Saudi Writer's Death

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    December 07, 2018 08:26

    A Turkish official says Sean Penn is in Turkey working on a documentary about the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

    Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Turkey's president, tells The Associated Press on Thursday that the two-time Oscar winner interviewed him in Ankara as part of his "preliminary preparations" for the documentary before leaving for Istanbul where he was due to meet with Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee. 

    A Dec. 5, 2018, photo, made available by Turkish presidential adviser Yasin Aktay, shows him (left) with American actor-director Sean Penn, in Ankara, Turkey. /AP

    The Washington Post columnist who was critical of the Saudi crown prince was killed by Saudi agents on October 2 after arriving to handle routine paperwork. Aktay, who was a friend of Khashoggi's, was the first to alert authorities that the journalist disappeared inside the consulate.

    Turkish media showed Penn filming in front of the consulate building Wednesday.

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