Turkish president: Details of reporter's killing, Saudi cover-up to be revealed

Elias Hubbard
October 24, 2018

A clutch of countries, including Germany, Britain, France and Turkey, have pressed Riyadh to provide all the facts, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted. We have people over in Saudi Arabia now.

In it, they "condemn in the strongest possible terms" the killing of Khashoggi.

A United States official said CIA Director Gina Haspel is in Turkey to review the case of the slain writer.

"We are going through a crisis", Falih said in his speech.

In New York, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser, said in a television interview Monday that he has advised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be "fully transparent" about the Khashoggi case. "Who are these people receiving orders from?"

Sahar Zeki, an activist and a friend of slain Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, holds a picture of him, after attaching a bouquet of flowers, at the barriers blocking the road leading to the Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.

The Saudi government says that Khashoggi died after a fistfight.

Erdoğan said that he told the Saudi delegation dispatched for the investigation and King Salman that Consul General Mohammad al-Otaibi was negligent and incompetent.

A former royal family insider turned critic of the Saudi crown prince, Khashoggi disappeared after he entered the consulate on October 2 to collect a document for his upcoming marriage.

The Saudi kingdom has provided conflicting accounts of what happened to Khashoggi, a USA resident and Washington Post contributor. Why was the consulate not opened to investigators immediately?

A man who looked like Khashoggi, wearing his outfit, glasses and a fake beard, was among a group who left the consulate the same day as the killing, the president added. Local retail investors were also net sellers for the week, while Saudi institutions were net purchasers.

Turkey's president declared Tuesday that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was a "premeditated" act carried out after a large of team of Saudi intelligence, security and forensic personnel suddenly descended on Istanbul.

The Council of Ministers on Tuesday emphasized that the Kingdom will hold to account all those responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and those who failed in their duties, whoever they are.

On the day of Khashoggi's disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he was still inside, according to Turkish police sources.

"In addition to admitting responsibility for the crime, Saudi authorities must immediately allow the Khashoggi family to travel, if they are genuinely keen on uncovering the truth", he said.

Critics have alleged that the arrests are created to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's heir-apparent, of any responsibility for Khashoggi's death.

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