Turkey says journalist Jamal Khashoggi strangled in Saudi consulate

Howard TerryNov 01, 2018

But Turkey, which released a stream of evidence undermining Saudi Arabia's early denials, has demanded more details including the whereabouts of Mr Khashoggi's body and who ordered his killing.

He was a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto Saudi ruler, who has purged rivals and consolidated power.

Prince Ahmed, said to be in his 70s, returned to the kingdom after last month playing down remarks he made while telling protesters to stop chanting against the royals over Saudi Arabia's involvement in the Yemen war. "In such circumstances, the Saudi Arabian authorities are responsible for this". "This is not an incident that could have taken place without a high-level order". What do the Saudis know about who planned the murder?

"The responsibility of Saudi Arabia is very large here", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference Monday, adding that Khashoggi's remains have not been found.

"He thought of the possibility of them capturing him", she told ABC.

The statement was the first public confirmation by a Turkish official that Khashoggi was strangled and mutilated after he entered the Saudi Consulate on October 2. Cengiz first raised the alarm.

In an interview with ABC News, Cengiz said Khashoggi had been anxious about being spirited back to Saudi Arabia the first time he went to the consulate unannounced on 28 September, but was pleasantly surprised when he received a warm reception.

Later, Riyadh said the killing was premeditated and Prince Mohammed has vowed that the killers would be brought to justice.

Al-Mojeb, the prosecutor visiting Istanbul, was named attorney general by Saudi King Salman previous year after a palace shakeup that saw Prince Mohammed sideline his elder, more experienced cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, for the title of crown prince.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects detained in Saudi Arabia over the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi Consulate after he entered the building on October 2.

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. On Wednesday, unidentified state sources again began dominating news coverage of the murder, saying a Saudi prosecutor who had flown to Turkey to work on the case was unhelpful.

The five U.S. lawmakers, led by Senator Marco Rubio, said they would use the Atomic Energy Act to block any U.S. -Saudi nuclear agreements if Trump did not cut off talks. The kingdom said he had been accidentally killed in a fight.

"I am extremely disappointed by the stance of the leadership of many countries, particularly in the US", Hatice Cengiz told a memorial event in London late Monday. Singling out Mr. Trump, she urged him to "help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served".

"He should not pave the way for a cover-up of my fiance's murder", she said.

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