Turkey's Erdogan: Saudi slaying ordered by govt

03 November, 2018, 04:00 | Author: Angel Logan
  • Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

However, Wednesday's statement was the first official declaration from the Turkish prosecution. "He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years", the statement said.

It's a month to the day since Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul - and was never seen again.

The order to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding that the global community had the responsibility to "reveal the puppet masters" behind the slaying.

Scrutiny and suspicion have fallen on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is known for taking direct measures against those who oppose him.

Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Turkish investigators continue to look for clues to the whereabouts of his body.

Riyadh has been mum on the location of Khashoggi's remains.

The story was undercut by footage, which Erdogan confirmed, of a Saudi official acting as a body double for Khashoggi, wearing the journalist's clothes when leaving the consulate to pretend to be the dead man. But the White House intends to keep the sanctions limited enough to avoid a rupture in its partnership with Crown Prince Mohammed.

"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", said a senior Turkish official, who spoke to the Post on condition of anonymity.

"We hope to get momentum towards a UN-led investigation into the killing", Benedict added.

The Saudi chief prosecutor arrived in Turkey on Sunday to meet with his Turkish counterpart.

Trump has condemned Khashoggi's killing in strong terms but has also defended US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is the biggest foreign customer for American weaponry.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, separately called on their Saudi counterparts to identify the collaborator this week.

In an op-ed in The Washington Post this morning, Erdogan says: "we must reveal the identities of the puppet masters behind Khashoggi's killing".

The adviser, Yasin Aktay, said that's why the body of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and USA resident, was cut into pieces.

Mr Pompeo said the USA had "deep and long-term strategic relationships" with Saudi Arabia and said "we intend to make sure that those relationships remain intact".

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they dismembered his body is to dissolve it easier", he said.

"Though Riyadh has detained 18 suspects, it is deeply concerning that no action has been taken against the Saudi consul general, who lied through his teeth to the media and fled Turkey shortly afterwards".

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