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

Turkish president: Khashoggi was victim of ‘ferocious’ pre-planned murder

Turkish president: Khashoggi was victim of ‘ferocious’ pre-planned murder

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A number of Saudi nationals have since been arrested, while deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have been dismissed, state TV reported. During a speech in the Turkish parliament today, Erdogan called for the Saudi suspects to be tried in Turkey.

Before Erdogan's announcement, top Turkish officials said Turkey would clarify exactly what happened to Khashoggi as pressure increased on Saudi Arabia, which is hosting a glitzy investment conference this week that many dignitaries have chose to skip because of the scandal.

"As we know these are hard days".

Other senior German politicians, including foreign minister Heiko Maas and foreign affairs committee chairman Norbert Röttgen, have also called for a halt in arms sales to Saudi Arabia, citing dissatisfaction with Riyadh's explanation of how Khashoggi died inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

They denied allegations the journalist had been killed, but finally admitted to his death 18 days after he first disappeared.

The source said: "The consul himself was taken out of the room". There was no attempt to interrogate him.

However the Saudi narrative is quite different, and an announcement on state TV said discussions between Khashoggi and officials at the consulate quickly turned violent and ended in his death.

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Khashoggi was killed after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to pick up papers for his upcoming wedding to Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish citizen.

He said the journalist was in contact with Saudi officials and he had a good relationship with many of them.

They are accused of being sent to Istanbul for the objective of capturing or killing Mr Khashoggi, but Saudi state TV claimed they were just tourists.

A major Saudi business conference opened in Riyadh on Tuesday morning, with the Future Investment Initiative (FII) overshadowed by the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Falih said the murder of Khashoggi was regrettable, adding that "nobody in the kingdom can justify it".

In his final column for The Washington Post, Mr Khashoggi warned that Middle Eastern governments "have been given free rein to continue silencing the media".

He did not mention Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who some U.S. politicians have speculated ordered the murder - but did speak of Saudi King Salman's "sincerity" in the inquiry so far.

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