Published: Tue, October 23, 2018

Erdogan: Khashoggi Killing a Premeditated Act

Erdogan: Khashoggi Killing a Premeditated Act

In an interview with state-run Anadolu Agency, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said Tuesday that Turkey has not shared evidence concerning his death at the Saudi consulate with any country but added that there may have been "an exchange of views between intelligence organizations". Another team went to the consulate and removed the hard disk from its security camera, he said.

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

From there, the investigation was slow, with Erdogan citing the diplomatic protections in place at the consulate. The body of Jamal Khashoggi is still missing.

Saudi officials admitted on Saturday the journalist died in a "fist-fight" inside the consulate, following two weeks of global pressure to reveal what happened to Khashoggi.

Erdogan said Saudi Arabia was obligated to reveal the identity of everyone involved and called for the prosecution of those responsible to happen in Turkey. He said blame can not only be put on some intelligence agents, and he suggested any trials take place in Istanbul because that is where Khashoggi died.

Jamal Khashoggi, 59, was a journalist who was fiercely critical of the Saudi government and the kingdom's rulers.

As a columnist for the Washington Post, Khashoggi had frequently criticized the Saudi government and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Khashoggi was last seen alive entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in Turkey on October 2.

The video was taken by Turkish law enforcement and shown Monday on CNN. In August, Saudi Arabia froze ties with Ottawa after Canada urged the release of jailed civil rights activists in the kingdom.

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.

USA media reports said CIA Director Gina Haspel left the United States on Monday to go to Turkey to meet with officials there who are investigating Khashoggi's death. The Trump administration did not publicly say anything about her trip. Among the list of high-profile departures were Virgin founder Sir Richard Branson, JPMorgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon, IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

This describes a network of Twitter accounts, real people and bots, that amplify Saudi government denials of involvement and harassment of dissidents.

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