Erdogan says signs show Khashoggi killing planned

Muriel Colon
October 24, 2018

But despite his criticism of the Saudi explanation, the U.S. vice-president would not say on Tuesday whether the United States believes Saudi Arabia's powerful crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, was involved in what happened to Khashoggi.

The State Department is revoking visas and taking other measures in the wake of the ordeal.

United States president Donald Trump said he is not satisfied with the explanations he has heard about Mr Khashoggi's death. He dismissed Riyadh's claim that "rogue agents" were responsible.

Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan is shedding light on his government's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkey is pursuing the case, Erdogan said, as both a "representative of humanity's shared conscience and also for its sovereign rights".

Erdogan spoke about Khashoggi's killing for more than 45 minutes, beginning his remarks with what he called a "refresh" of the events surrounding Khashoggi's death.

The shocking revelation comes on the same day that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced that Khashoggi's "ferocious murder" had been "planned", rejecting the Saudi explanation of his death occurring due to a brawl within the consular premises.

"They had a very bad original concept". But reports have linked Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing.

U.S. Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Tuesday that Haspel is in Turkey to review evidence in Khashoggi murder.

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In this December 15, 2014 file photo, Jamal Khashoggi, then general manager of a new Arabic news channel speaks during a press conference, in Manama, Bahrain.

The crown prince has denied any involvement. We have top intelligence people in Turkey. The Saudi government has arrested 18 men in connection to the killing and said it is carrying out an investigation. After this, we expect them to reveal those responsible for this matter. He used the word "murder" 15 times in his speech to parliament.

Saudi Arabia must relinquish control of the investigation into the "political" murder to an independent and unbiased Turkish operation in Istanbul, Erdoğan said.

The photo op in Riyadh came as more details emerged of what Turkish authorities say was a Saudi hit squad's premeditated murder of the dissident journalist.

Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi government and Washington Post columnist, went into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"I went to Saudi Arabia on the basis that they would buy hundreds of billions- many billions of dollars worth of things". Then they said he died in a fistfight in the consulate.

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 Turkish leader stressed the need for his police and intelligence services to conduct a thorough probe, both to avoid falsely accusing anyone and to fulfill a responsibility to the global community.

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