Image copyright Getty Images Image caption The daughter of the former Saudi consul general, who was murdered in Istanbul in October, was escorted to a safe house by Turkish officials
The daughter of the former Saudi consul general who was murdered in Istanbul in October has said the kingdom made attempts to attract her to one of its embassies in the days following her father’s death.
Meshael Alayban claims she was advised by a family friend to defect to the kingdom’s embassy in another country “for the betterment of the Alayban family”.
“There was no harm or intention towards the Alayban family,” she said in a statement released by her lawyers.
Saudi Arabia has yet to comment.
Image copyright Facebook Image caption Meshael Alayban was transferred from the Istanbul consulate in an armoured vehicle
Ms Alayban claims a consultant “expressed an opinion that settling her in Saudi Arabia would be in our interest”.
It is not clear which kingdom she was referring to.
She also added she felt “heavy hearted and sad at the sudden disappearance of my father”.
King Salman announced his replacement in January, naming the chief executive of the state oil company Saudi Aramco as heir apparent in the absence of the unannounced royal replacement.
King Salman approved a royal decree releasing Ms Alayban from detention and transferring her to Turkish custody.