Turkey's Erdogan to Saudis: Who gave order to kill Khashoggi?

Published: October 26, 2018
Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: AFP

Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan. PHOTO: AFP

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan urged Saudi Arabia on Friday to disclose who gave the order to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as well the location of his body, saying Turkey had more information about the case than it has shared so far.

Erdogan also said Riyadh needed to reveal the identity of the “local cooperator” who Saudi officials earlier said had taken Khashoggi’s body from Saudi agents after the journalist was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Saudi Arabia now says Khashoggi murder ‘premeditated’

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was premeditated, reversing previous statements that it was unintended.

Khashoggi’s murder has sparked global outrage and mushroomed into a crisis for the world’s top oil exporting country and Prince Mohammed, the kingdom’s de facto ruler.

“Who gave this order?” Erdogan said in a speech to members of his AK Party in Ankara. “Who gave the order for 15 people to come to Turkey?” he said, referring to a 15-man Saudi security team Turkey has said flew into Istanbul hours before the killing. Erdogan also said Saudi’s public prosecutor was due to meet the Istanbul prosecutor in Istanbul on Sunday.

Turkey says Saudi Arabia still has questions to answer over Khashoggi

Saudi officials initially denied having anything to do with Khashoggi’s disappearance after he entered the consulate, before changing the official account to say an internal investigation suggested he was accidentally killed in a botched operation to return him to the kingdom.

On Thursday, Saudi state TV quoted the Saudi public prosecutor as saying the killing had been planned, and that prosecutors were interrogating suspects on the basis of information provided by a joint Saudi-Turkish task force.

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Reader Comments (2)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Oct 26, 2018 - 4:03PM

    Turkey seems to be blackmailing KSA with some insider info . they are letting titbits out of the bag every day slowly . Recommend

  • cueball
    Oct 26, 2018 - 8:18PM

    Erdogan has tossed tens of thousand of his political enemies in jail – closed down opposing newspapers and otherwise acted like a fascist dictator. He’s the last one who should be lecturing anybody about abusing opposing journalist. He’s dragged out the Khashoggi thing far enough – now he’s become tiresome.Recommend

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