Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee: Why I declined Trump's invitation

Minnie Murray
October 29, 2018

Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor will arrive in Turkey on Sunday as part of the investigation and will meet with Turkish counterparts, according to Erdogan.

There's a lot of money in Saudi Arabia, so much money, so wrestling is going back to Saudi Arabia as we wonder whether Saudi Arabia kills journalists with bone saws.

Initially, Saudi Arabia said Khashoggi had left its consulate alive on October 2, but almost three weeks later, the Arab kingdom admitted he had been killed at the diplomatic mission's building due to a fight, an account that has caused scepticism and which several governments have questioned. Last week, the kingdom acknowledged that the killing was "premeditated".

Erdogan on Wednesday spoke on the phone with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the first time since the murder.

He continued that the failure of any nation to adhere to global norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed the most, falling short of taking aim at the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.

However UN expert Agnes Callamard said Thursday that Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" committed by the Saudi state.

The journalist's body has still not been found, and Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is now saying that Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated".

Saudi officials initially denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the consulate on October 2, 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.

"We need to clarify the background of this frightful crime and until that, we will not supply weapons to Saudi Arabia", she added, reiterating comments made earlier this week.

There has been no information, she said, that the killers "acted in a completely rogue fashion". Turkish sources say authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder.

A vigil is held for Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, as pressure is piled on the Saudis over his killing. "They're detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia", Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a regional defense forum in the Bahraini capital.

"His local network in Turkey was very good as you know, his political network as well", Ms Cengiz said.

After a fortnight of denials, Saudi authorities admitted Saturday that Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and prominent critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after entering the consulate in Turkey on October 2.

Hatice Cengiz made the comments on Turkish television on Friday in her first interview since Khashoggi's death. Saudi leadership has pushed responsibility down the chain of command.

In interview with Turkey's Habertürk TV, Cengiz, who is a Turkish national and doctoral student, said of Trump's invitation, "I perceived it as a statement to win public favor".

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