Turkey President Erdogan urges Saudis to say who ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

Turkey President Erdogan urges Saudis to say who ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s killing

Turkey President Erdogan urges Saudis to say who ordered Jamal Khashoggi’s 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 told a regional defence forum in Bahrain.

Turkey said on Friday it wanted Saudi Arabia to extradite 18 Saudis it has arrested over Khashoggi's murder.

Gruesome reports have alleged that Mr Khashoggi was murdered and his body dismembered by a team sent from Saudi Arabia to silence the columnist, who had criticised Prince Mohammed.

The prince himself has faced global criticism, with many officials charging he must have known about Khashoggi's killing, allegedly by Saudi security agents, and some saying he may have ordered his death.

"You need to show this body", Erdogan said.

"There has been a hysteria in the media about Saudi Arabia's guilt", he said. "We know that a mistake was committed, we know that people exceeded their authority, and we know that we are investigating them".

All people involved in the October 2 killing of a journalist at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul must face justice in Turkey, according to Turkey's foreign minister.

For Erdogan, who has ruled Turkey since 2003, the crime has provided grounds for pushing back against Saudi Arabia, one of its regional rivals, and weakening the credibility of the crown prince.


She said she had not been contacted by Saudi officials and was unlikely to go to Saudi Arabia for any funeral there if Khashoggi's missing body is found.

"It would be best for the reputation of our Saudi friends that the court proceedings take place in Turkey", said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the government's internal deliberations. He said all journalists worry that they might also be in danger. While several Republican and Democratic members of Congress have said the crown prince either knew or even ordered the operation, President Trump has so far repeated the Saudi line that both men denied any knowledge. The Saudi news release, attributed to its public prosecutor, was significant because it relayed Turkey's conclusion, but it did not make clear whether Saudi investigators had reached that same conclusion on their own.

The committee aims to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the killing of Khashoggi, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said.

USA and foreign officials say such an operation - involving a team of Saudi agents - was unlikely to have taken place without the knowledge of the kingdom's leaders, including ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Mattis suggested the killing threatened to undermine stability in the Middle East in his first substantive comments on a cascading geopolitical crisis that risks rupturing Saudi Arabia's relations with the West. "What we say to people is wait until everything is done" then decide if the investigation was serious or not.

Khashoggi and Cengiz had recently furnished an apartment for themselves in Istanbul.

Three weeks after his father's murder, Salah Khashoggi and his family were able to leave Saudi Arabia after he was reportedly under a travel ban, according to Sarah Leah Watson, Human Rights Watch's executive director for the Middle East and North Africa.

His departure came after he was photographed with Prince Mohammed during a condolence visit. All four of Khashoggi's children are now in the U.S.

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