Turkey's Erdogan to Saudis - Where is Khashoggi's body?

29 October, 2018, 18:33 | Author: Clarence Schmidt
  • 10:15am

Erdogan also repeated his call on Saudi Arabia to hand over the 18 people it has arrested in the case if the country's authorities could not "make them talk".

Turkish prosecutors have demanded the well is emptied and the water examined.

But speaking to reporters at a high-level forum in Bahrain, Mr al Jubeir said: "On the issue of extradition, the individuals are Saudi nationals. We will judge them".

After three weeks of shifting Saudi accounts around the incident, the kingdom this week acknowledged that the killing was "premeditated", citing evidence from investigating Turkish officials.

In an interview with Turkey's Haberturk TV on Friday, Cengiz said she believed the invitation was aimed at influencing public opinion in the president's favor.

It also came after Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman on October 24 called the murder "repulsive" and vowed that justice will prevail, in his first public comments on a case that has provoked an worldwide outcry.

In his speech, Erdogan mocked the initial story of Khashoggi's disappearance as "childish" and "far from state seriousness". Woods and farmland outside the city have been searched, but his remains have not been found.

"There has been a declaration that he has been killed, but where is the body?"

"You need to show the body".

"Who gave the order for 15 people to come to Turkey?" he said, referring to a 15-man Saudi squad that allegedly flew into Istanbul hours before the killing.


Prince Mohammed, whose carefully cultivated image as a liberal reformer is now in tatters, has said the killers will be brought to justice.

"It's hard to imagine that this administration in particular is going to change fundamentally how it views the role of the Saudis in terms of counterterrorism, in terms of counter-Iran", said Dennis Ross, who served as top Middle East adviser to President Barack Obama in his first term.

The White House would not comment on the reported briefing, but told the Post Haspel told President Trump about her "findings and discussions" while in Turkey this week.

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, contradicting a previous official statement that it happened accidentally during a tussle in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Merkel's office didn't elaborate on the warning in a statement following a call between the German leader and Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, who spoke after Mattis at the conference, accused media of "hysteria" and said they are rushing to judgment in the Khashoggi case. We know that a mistake was committed.

Khashoggi - a Washington Post contributor and critic of the crown prince - was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Hatice Cengiz, who is Turkish, said she would never have planned to marry the journalist had she known it would lead to his death.

The eldest son of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi arrived in Washington with his family from Saudi Arabia on Thursday, according to two sources close to the family, after U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed for his return. Salah is a dual U.S. -Saudi citizen who had previously been restricted from leaving and who was photographed earlier this week meeting Salman and Mohammed and receiving their condolences.

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