Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Khashoggi’s body parts found in garden of Saudi consul general’s home

Khashoggi’s body parts found in garden of Saudi consul general’s home

Saudi officials murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi in their Istanbul consulate after plotting his death for days, Turkey's president said Tuesday, contradicting Saudia Arabia's explanation that the writer was accidentally killed.

"My demand is that 18 people be tried in Istanbul", Erdogan said in a speech to ruling party lawmakers in Ankara, referring to 18 people including security officials who have already been detained by Riyadh.

Erdogan added he still wanted answers on numerous issues including "who gave orders" to the team and where the corpse is.

Critics have alleged that the arrests are created to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's heir-apparent, of any responsibility for Khashoggi's death.

Trump heralded Saudi Arabia's purchase of $110 billion worth of United States arms in 2017, though experts say that figure is inflated and some parts of the deal appear to still be up in the air.

Erdogan had previously promised to detail Turkey's investigation into Khashoggi's killing "in all its nakedness". After his disappearance, the officials abruptly returned to Saudi Arabia.

United Arab Emirates Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashed, right, and Ibrahim al-Assaf, Saudi State Minister, attend the opening of the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, on October 23, 2018.

The Saudi journalist can be seen holding hands with Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz, as they visit the local marriage office and enter their apartment block in the hours leading up to his fatal visit to the consulate.

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President Donald Trump on Monday told reporters he wasn't satisfied with the Saudis' response to Khashoggi's death, adding, "I'm not satisfied with what I've heard".

Dozens of executives from bankers Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan to ride-hailing app Uber to Western leaders like International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde have pulled out of the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), dubbed "Davos in the desert".

Speaking before the Turkish parliament on Tuesday, Erdogan said that "the evidence we have so far collected indicate that Jamal Khashoggi was slain in a vicious, violent murder", planned in advance by the Saudi government.

In Germany, arms exports are subject to government approval, including cabinet review, and Merkel has the support of other German politicians, including those from other parties.

His address came after more than two weeks of carefully orchestrated leaks to the media by Turkey that implicated the highest levels of the government of Saudi Arabia in the death of Khashoggi.

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Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, in Indonesia, also pledged that mechanisms will be put in place so that "something like this can never happen again".

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