Turkey says it has more evidence to share of Khashoggi killing
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu holds a news conference in Tokyo on Nov. 6, 2018. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images) November 6 at 5:27 AM
ISTANBUL â" Turkey has âcertain evidenceâ in relation to the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi that it has not released to the public, and it will do so once its investigation is finalized, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday.
Some of the evidence has been shared with Saudi authorities and other countries that wanted to examine it, the foreign minister said during a trip to Japan, according to the state-run Anadolu news agency.
âAfter this investigation is finalized and we are certain, then we will continue to share t he evidence with the public,â he said. CIA Director Gina Haspel listened to audio purportedly capturing the interrogation and killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributing columnist, during her visit to Turkey last month, according to people familiar with her meetings.
Cavusoglu said it is the responsibility of Saudi authorities to find out what has happened to Khashoggiâs body, as the 15-member hit team that Turkey says was sent to kill him is back in Saudi Arabia.
âThese 15 people who came to Turkey did not come on their own,â he said, dismissing the idea that they were rogue assassins acting independently. âThey were given orders.â
He reiterated that Turkey does not believe that King Salman ordered the killing. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke to him twice on the phone and does not believe that he is âthe type of person who would issue a death order,â Cavusoglu said.
[Sons of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi appeal fo r the return of his remains]
In an opinion piece in The Washington Post last week, Erdogan said the order to kill Khashoggi âcame from the highest levels of the Saudi governmentâ but that he did not âbelieve for a secondâ that King Salman ordered the hit.
In an interview with CNN on Monday, Khashoggiâs 35-year-old son Salah said the king had assured him that âeverybody involved will be brought to justiceâ for the killing.
âI have faith in that. This will happen,â he said. Alongside his brother Abdullah, 33, he made an appeal for the return of his fatherâs body.
âWe just need to make sure that he rests in peace,â he said.
Turkey has said that a 15-man squad dispatched from Saudi Arabia killed Khashoggi shortly after he entered the consulate to seek a document he needed for his planned marriage to his Turkish fiancee. They then dismembered his body and disposed of it in a chilling premeditated plot, Turkish authorities said .
After initially insisting that Khashoggi had left the consulate shortly after he entering the building, Saudi Arabia last month admitted that he was killed inside. However, it has repeatedly denied that powerful Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdomâs de facto ruler, was responsible for the murder, even though close associates are among the suspects in the killing.
Turkey has repeatedly accused Saudi Arabia of not cooperating in the investigation and destroying evidence. On Monday, a Turkish official said that at least two members of a team that Saudi Arabia sent to investigate Khashoggiâs killing were actually there to cover it up.
Zeynep Karatas contributed to this report.
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