Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Turkey doubts Saudi willingness to ‘genuinely cooperate’ on Khashoggi

Turkey doubts Saudi willingness to ‘genuinely cooperate’ on Khashoggi

Turkey's public prosecutor said Jamal Khashoggi was "strangled as soon as he entered the consulate" in Istanbul, per "premeditated plans", the Washington Post reports.

"The victim Jamal Khashoggi's body was dismembered and destroyed following his death by suffocation again, in line with the advance plans", the two-page statement read.

It 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.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the investigation needs to be completed swiftly.

Saudi Arabia has arrested 18 suspects, who, it says, will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.

Boris Johnson accepted a £14,000 all-expenses-paid trip from the Saudi Arabian regime from shortly before journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

It said Saud Al Mojeb left his hotel shortly after midnight and went to the Istanbul regional offices of Turkey's National Intelligence Agency (MIT).

Gul said despite written questions asked by Turkey's Chief Public Prosecutor's office, no answers have yet been received by the Saudi officials. He flew back to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday without making an official statement.

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Saudi officials say they do not know the whereabouts of his body, but that it was dumped with the help of a local collaborator.

"This crime has to be punished and the perpetrators identified".

The letter was signed by five Republican senators, including Marco Rubio and Rand Paul, who have been vocal in their criticism of Saudi Arabia in the aftermath of Khashoggi's murder.

After vehement denials that Riyadh was involved in Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi officials admitted Oct.19 that the dissident was killed inside the building. "The truth has not been revealed", foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL.

Abdulkadir Selvi, a well-connected pro-government columnist in Turkey's Hurriyet newspaper, said the Saudi prosecutor refused to share any information with the Turkish authorities during his visit. We have not said if that is true or not true. The worldwide community refused to accept the Saudi claim that the incident was not a premeditated murder.

But President Donald Trump has ruled out major actions such as ending arms sales to the kingdom, the largest foreign buyer of U.S. weapons.

Pentagon chief Jim Mattis said the United States had been watching the conflict, in which almost 10,000 people have been killed, "for long enough".

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