Erdogan: Saudi Arabia still has many questions to answer about Khashoggi's killing

Crown Prince meets American Evangelical delegation

Crown Prince meets American Evangelical delegation

On Wednesday, Turkey's chief prosecutor had said that Khashoggi was strangled to death as soon as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and that his body was then dismembered.

"The reason they dismembered Khashoggi's body was to dissolve his remains more easily", Aktay told the Hurriyet Daily newspaper.

Saudi Arabia has faced worldwide condemnation for its shifting accounts of Khashoggi's disappearance on October 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said on October 25 that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate this month was premeditated, reversing previous official statements that the killing was unintended.

"They aimed to ensure no sign of the body was left", said Aktay.

The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul said that during those meetings, Turkey and Saudi Arabia had "agreed to investigate, search and uncover all details of the event from all angles and to bring those who carried out and planned it to. justice".


"The murder of an innocent person is one crime", said Aktay, who was the first government official contacted by Khashoggi's fiance, Hatice Cengiz, after he went missing.

That includes lingering questions about where Khashoggi's body is and the identity of a "local collaborator" that Saudi officials have said was tasked with disposing of the journalist's remains, Erdogan said.

"We are shocked and saddened by the efforts of certain Saudi officials to cover up Khashoggi's premeditated murder, rather than serve the cause of justice, as our friendship would require", Erdogan said.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Thursday it may take "a handful more weeks" before Washington has enough evidence to impose sanctions on the individuals responsible.

"Even though a month has passed since Jamal's murder, his body has still not been given to his loved ones", Cengiz said during a Washington memorial service for her would-be husband.

The latest details of the case that has gained world-wide attention comes as two countries added to the growing worldwide outcry over the killing.


Trump has condemned Khashoggi's killing in strong terms but has also defended USA arms sales to Saudi Arabia, which is the biggest foreign customer for American weaponry.

"Today I am inviting the worldwide community to take serious and practical steps to reveal the truth and to prosecute those involved in a court of law".

After at first denying the murder, Saudi officials eventually admitted he had been killed in the consulate, blaming a "rogue operation" and arresting 18 people.

The "highest levels of the Saudi government" ordered the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan wrote on Friday.

The Nov. 2 date was chosen to remember two French journalists who were killed in Mali on this day in 2013 - two of the more than 1,000 journalists whom the United Nations says have died since 2006.

Khalid bin Ahmad tweeted that "despite the ongoing dispute, (Netanyahu) has taken a clear position on the importance of stability in the region and Saudi Arabia's role in consolidating that stability".


Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects in the journalist's slaying who were detained in Saudi Arabia.

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