Erdogan: Khashoggi kill order came from 'highest levels' of Saudi govt

Pauline Gross
November 4, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday the order for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing came from the top levels of the Saudi government.

"Of all nations, the United States should be leading the way", Cengiz said in opinion article published in the Washington Post, The Guardian and other media outlets on Friday. "As responsible members of the global community, we must reveal the identities of the puppet masters behind Khashoggi's killing and discover those in whom Saudi officials still trying to cover up..."

But he pointedly failed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of responsibility for unleashing a "death squad" against the outspoken Saudi journalist whose death has badly tainted the kingdom's de facto ruler. He was a Washington Post contributor living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, and had voiced some mild criticism of Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS).

Istanbul's chief prosecutor announced Wednesday that Khashoggi was strangled immediately after he entered and that his body was dismembered and removed from the consulate. The Associated Press on October 16 quoted a high-level Turkish official as saying police who entered the consulate found "certain evidence" that Khashoggi was killed there.

It emerged this week that the prince called Khashoggi a "dangerous Islamist" in a phone call with Jared Kushner, the White House adviser and son-in-law to Donald Trump, just before Turkish police said they believed the missing journalist was dead.

"The reason they dismembered Khashoggi's body was to dissolve his remains more easily", Mr Aktay - advisor to Turkey's president - said in an interview with the Hurriyet Daily newspaper.

Saudi authorities have denied Turkish police permission to search a well in the consulate's garden, but did allow them to take water samples for analysis, according to local media reports.

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Pelley added that he's not been in contact with any of his players, sponsors or tournament organizers regarding the event in Saudi Arabia, but earlier this week Padraig Harrington was asked if he had any concerns that the tour could become embroiled in the controversy.

Authorities in Saudi Arabia have since arrested 18 suspects who, they say, will be prosecuted there.

The CHP leader was referring to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi Consulate General to Istanbul, who left Turkey a few days after the disappearance of the journalist.

"Likewise, the refusal of the Saudi public prosecutor - who recently visited his counterpart in Istanbul - to cooperate with the investigation and answer even simple questions is very frustrating".

The Saudi government has said it will carry out a thorough and transparent investigation and that the suspects will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.

Khashoggi was a former insider in Saudi royal circles who went into self-imposed exile in the United States past year.

Trump, for his part, amid the best bilateral relations between Washington and Riyadh in decades, still stood by his Saudi allies, all the while pledging to safe guard the countless number of American jobs that would be lost if the USA canceled arms sales with the Saudis. He denounced what he called "the demonization of Saudi Arabia".

Other reports by GizPress

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