Turkey urges Saudi cooperation in Khashoggi probe

By On November 01, 2018

Turkey urges Saudi cooperation in Khashoggi probe

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    Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb reacts to journalists as he boards a plane to leave Turkey, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct, 31, 2018. A top Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of a premeditated killing, and that his body was dismembered before being disposed of. A statement from chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan's office also said that discussions with Saudi chief prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb have yielded no "concrete results" despite "good-willed efforts" by Turkey to uncover the truth.(DHA via AP)

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    Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb walks to board a plane to leave Turkey, in Istanbul, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. A top Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul as part of a premeditated killing, and that his body was dismembered before being disposed of. A statement from chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan's office also said that discussions with Saudi chief prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb have yielded no "concrete results" despite "good-willed efforts" by Turkey to uncover the truth.(DHA via AP)

ANKARA, Turkey â€" Turkey's justice minister on Thursday renewed a call on Saudi Arabia to cooperate in the investigation into t he killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, saying "no one can escape responsibility."

Abdulhamit Gul said that Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor â€" who spent three days in Istanbul as part of joint Turkish-Saudi efforts to investigate the killing â€" had failed to answer Turkish investigators' questions about the location of the writer's remains as well as who ordered the killing.

"We expect these questions to be answered swiftly," Gul told reporters. "No one can escape responsibility. This issue has become a world matter. It is not an issue that can be covered up."

He added: "We want the Saudi authorities to enter into close cooperation with us. They have to support (the probe) so that the entire incident is brought to light."

Istanbul's chief prosecutor announced Wednesday that The Washington Post columnist was strangled immediately after he entered the consulate on O ct. 2 to collect a document he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee. His body was dismembered and removed from the consulate, the prosecutor's office stated, adding that the killing was premeditated.

The prosecutor's statement that Khashoggi was killed immediately conflicted with a report by pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak last month, which cited what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi being tortured before being killed.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects who have been detained in Saudi Arabia so that they can be put on trial in Turkey. They include 15 members of an alleged "hit squad" that Turkey says was sent to Istanbul to kill the 59-year-old journalist, who lived in exile in the United States and had written critically of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Some of those implicated in the killing are close to the prince whose condemnation of the killing has failed to ease suspicions that he wa s involved.

Under mounting international pressure, Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, and has recently acknowledging that Turkish evidence shows it was premeditated.

Source: Google News Turkey | Netizen 24 Turkey

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