Turkish President: Saudis Plotted Journalist’s Killing

24 October, 2018, 06:03 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
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U.S. President Donald Trump said he is passing responsibility to Congress for responding to the killing of U.S. -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan called Khashoggi's death a "ferocious" murder and suggested that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MbS) is hiding information about the killing-noting that he believes Saudi King Salman to be honest in his country's investigation into the case, but making no mention of the prince.

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

Now Saudi officials tell AP they did in fact send a team to Turkey that included a forensics expert and a member whose job was to dress in the 59-year-old writer's clothes and pretend to be him.

"Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a very cruel murder", Erdogan said, adding: "We have all the evidence".

The meeting produced a striking photograph of the younger Mr Khashoggi shaking hands and looking into the eyes of the prince, who faces widespread allegations of ordering his father's murder.

Saudi Arabia has said the heir-apparent of the world's top oil exporter was not involved, but any major decision must be signed off by the highest powers within its ruling Al Saud family.

Mr Erdogan's address coincided with the start of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia that has been overshadowed by the Khashoggi case.

The crisis triggered by the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is hurting Saudi Arabia's plans to attract and retain worldwide stock-market investors.

In his Tuesday speech, Erdogan added that he would use Shariah, global law, and Saudi law, as well as the help of the Saudi king, to get to the bottom of Khashoggi's death.

Trump said last week the prince "totally" denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance.

He said the killing was planned in advance and called on Saudi Arabia to reveal more details, including where Khashoggi's body was.

Erdogan did not mention audio and video recordings of Khashoggi's death, which Turkish intelligence officers have anonymously claimed to have.

"Saudi Arabia has taken an important step by admitting the murder".

He also said that cameras at the consulate had been removed the day before the team's arrival. After weeks of denial, Saudi Arabia at the weekend said the journalist had been killed at the consulate.

Turkey's president says the latest Saudi explanation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death doesn't wash-and he's demanding answers.

"We strongly demand and expect that Canadian exports are used in a way that fully respects human rights", Trudeau said in Parliament.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Hunt said the British government condemned the murder of the journalist "in the strongest possible terms" and expressed concerns that his "horrific treatment was inflicted by people who work for a government with whom we have close relations".



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