Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey to Publicize Details From Its Investigation Into Jamal Khashoggi's Killing

Turkey to Publicize Details From Its Investigation Into Jamal Khashoggi's Killing

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia for now in the wake of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's violent death.

However, the new narrative - that Khashoggi was accidentally strangled after a brawl erupted between him and officials inside the consulate - was greeted with scepticism and condemnation from the global community.

On Saturday Riyadh said he was killed in a fistfight in the consulate.

The Saudi version lacked "consistency and credibility", said Chrystia Freeland, Canada's foreign minister.

The Istanbul governor's office approved the protection on Sunday, Turkey's state-run media agency Anadolu reported. Authorities did not immediately respond to a request for comment on what prompted the decision to give her a security detail.

After Saudi Arabia confirmed his death, she wrote on Twitter in Arabic: "They have taken your body from this world, but your handsome smile will stay in my world forever". "He could have known they were bringing him back to Saudi Arabia".

That claim though met widespread scepticism.

"This was an operation that was a rogue operation, this was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding their authorities and responsibilities they had; they made a mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it", he said.

Sen. Rand Paul told "Fox News Sunday" that the US "cannot continue to have relations with him and so I think he's going to have to be replaced".

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He also said that they did not know where the body was, and insisted the action was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen as Saudi Arabia's most influential figure.

The reason President Donald Trump has been accepting of that story, Gingrich contended, is that he "is trying to walk a tight rope" with regard to U.S. -Saudi relations, adding, "I think it's a big problem, not a small one".

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a ceremony in Istanbul, Turkey October 21, 2018.

"Corker is also calling on Turkey, which has said it has tapes from Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, to turn them over to the United States".

He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident, had been killed or where his body was.

Erdogan spoke after Saudi Arabia, in a statement early Saturday, finally acknowledged that 59-year-old Khashoggi had died in the consulate, though its explanation that he was killed in a "fistfight" was met with worldwide skepticism and allegations of a cover-up created to absolve Prince Mohammed of direct responsibility.

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody and intelligence officials had been fired.

The Turkish leader's statement came the day after Saudi authorities conceded Khashoggi had been killed inside their diplomatic compound in Istanbul. Trump added that he has yet to be shown any evidence by intelligence officials that would make him believe MBS had any direct role.

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