Saudi, Turkish prosecutors discuss Khashoggi killing

Glen Norman
October 30, 2018

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday that his country would reveal more evidence about the killing but was not in any rush to do so, indicating that Turkish authorities will keep methodically increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia. They should answer my demand as this is not only a demand of a fiancee, but also of a human and a Muslim.

Asked if she held Crown Prince Mohammed or the Saudi royal family responsible, she said: "I and my government would like all those responsible, from the person who gave this order to those who carried it out, to be brought to justice and punished under worldwide law".

The Saudi journalist was killed in the Kingdom's embassy in Istanbul on 2 October.

"Right now, there's more we still don't know than we know but we have our own Central Intelligence Agency and our own leadership that's on the ground in Turkey, helping to determine our investigation", said U.S. Sen. "Let's not let money taint our conscience and compromise our values", she told a memorial in London for the slain Washington Post columnist.

British parliamentarian Crispin Blunt said the murder was "a very profound moment" that would silence Saudi society completely unless the government changed direction in order to "do penance for this appalling atrocity".

Turkey, through a gradual release of information and public statements, has helped feed an global outcry over the case and pressured Saudi Arabia to concede its role. I want justice to be served.

"We know the orders came from a member of the royal circle but have no direct information to link them to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman", the article further quoted the source as saying.

A Turkish academic who became engaged to marry Khashoggi four months ago, Cengiz was left waiting for her fiancee outside the consulate where he was murdered by what she branded a "death squad".

He has argued that the rulers of Saudi Arabia face a conflict of interest in overseeing any trial because the killing was ordered and directed from within the Saudi government for political reasons. Saudi officials, however, continue to characterize the killing as a rogue operation carried out by agents who exceeded their authority.

But the administration wants to see Saudi Arabia resolve the Qatar crisis and take similar steps toward its widely criticized war in Yemen, according to one US official who, like the other people cited in this story, asked not to be identified.

In a veiled reference to US President Donald Trump - who has been vocal in his attacks on the press, Michelle Stanistreet, head of the UK's National Union of Journalists, described a "shocking level of state-sponsored impunity" for those who attack media workers. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said the killing undermines regional stability and has urged Saudi Arabia to conduct a full and complete investigation.

Saudi Arabia initially denied any involvement in Mr. Khashoggi's disappearance but a Saudi official eventually attributed his death to a botched attempt to return him to the kingdom.

"I believe the Saudi regime knows where his body is", she told the audience at the service, sponsored by the Middle East Monitor and Al Sharq Forum.

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