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Turkey to reveal truth of Saudi journalist's murder

Turkey to reveal truth of Saudi journalist's murder

Khashoggi - a U.S. resident, The Washington Post columnist, and a leading critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents for his pending marriage, but he never left the mission.

"Why did 15 people come here and why were 18 people arrested?"

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that arms exports to Saudi Arabia "can't take place in the situation we're now in". The Saudi foreign ministry tweeted out a photo of the two men meeting, and U.S. Treasury spokesman Tony Sayegh said in a separate tweet that Mnuchin raised the Kashoggi investigation in his discussions with the crown prince.

"This was planned in an extremely savage manner, and we are faced with a situation where there has been a lot of effort to whitewash this", Justice and Development Party (AKP) spokesman Omer Celik told reporters in Ankara.
"God willing, the results will be brought into the open, those responsible will be punished and no one will dare think of carrying out such a thing again".

"I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports (to Saudi Arabia) that they can not take place in the current situation", she told reporters at her party headquarters.

"We have a great deal of understanding for those who have cancelled their participation", he added.

Turkish media reports and officials maintain that a 15-member Saudi team flew to Istanbul on October 2, knowing Khashoggi would enter the consulate to get a document he needed to get married.

Saudi officials originally said Khashoggi had left the diplomatic mission unharmed, before announcing on October 19 that he had been killed inside the building in what they described as an altercation.

CNN aired surveillance footage showing a man in Mr Khashoggi's dress shirt, suit jacket and pants.

In the video a man, named by CNN as Mustafa al-Madani, left the consulate by the back exit wearing what appeared to be Khashoggi's clothes - although the shoes do not match those the journalist appeared to be wearing in CCTV footage of him entering the consulate.

"After Turkish authorities and the media were allowed to inspect the consulate building in its entirety, the accusations changed to the outrageous claim that he was murdered, in the consulate, during business hours, and with dozens of staff and visitors in the building", he said, adding: "I don't know who is behind these claims, or their intentions, nor do I care frankly".

In the days after Khashoggi vanished, Saudi officials initially said that he had left the consulate, implying premeditation on the part of the Saudi team.

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"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he said". The newspaper said the four calls went to Bader al-Asaker, the head of Prince Mohammed's office.

"The horrid story of Jamal Khashoggi has sent many activists into a state of shock", said Amani al-Ahmadi, a 27-year-old Saudi exile in Seattle.

Erdogan has still stopped short of directly pointing the finger at Riyadh, with analysts saying he preferred to authorise the leak of incriminating information to pro-government media to pressure the kingdom.

Yeni Safak reported last week that Saudi officials cut off Mr Khashoggi's fingers and then decapitated him at the consulate while his fiancee waited outside.

So much for the "thorough, transparent and timely investigation that provides answers" about the Washington Post columnist's fate that the kingdom promised Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Saudi Arabia so far has not acknowledged or explained Mutreb's presence in Istanbul or the presence of a forensics and autopsy expert at the consulate before Khashoggi arrived.

Last week, a leaked photograph apparently taken from surveillance footage showed Mutreb at the consulate, just ahead of Khashoggi's arrival.

Meanwhile, Saudi state media reported that both Prince Mohammed and King Salman made calls to Khashoggi's son, Salah, early on Monday morning.

This, it added, led to Khashoggi's death.

"Many activists overseas don't speak up, fearful of bringing harm to their families back home, losing their scholarships or worse abduction and arrest", she added.

Five Turkish employees of the consulate also gave testimony to prosecutors Monday, Turkish media reported.

That permission, however, was not given to Turkish authorities by the Saudi consulate and they were not able to search the Saudi diplomatic vehicle on Monday, said private broadcaster NTV.


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