Published: Wed, October 24, 2018

Turkish President: Khashoggi Murdered in Premeditated, Political Act

Turkish President: Khashoggi Murdered in Premeditated, Political Act

He told MPs: 'We have an important strategic partnership with Saudi Arabia involving defence and security co-operation which has saved lives on the streets of Britain.

They sought to rally around Prince Mohammed, the king's powerful son whose reform credentials have been tarnished by the scandal despite repeated denials he had any involvement in the killing, as he made an appearance.

USA president Donald Trump said he is not satisfied with the explanations he has heard about Mr Khashoggi's death.

In an interview with Russian news agency TASS published on Monday, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih said "There is no intention" when asked if there would be a repetition of the 1973 oil embargo amid the worldwide outcry over the killing of the Saudi journalist. Where is the body of a person who was admittedly murdered?

That gathering is expected to include members of the Saudi security community that has come under scrutiny since Khashoggi vanished on October 2.

The crisis triggered by the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi is hurting Saudi Arabia's plans to attract and retain global stock-market investors.

"As we all know these are hard days for us in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia", Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told attendees seated in an ornate hall during the opening of the conference in Riyadh.

The killing of Khashoggi is something that must "never happen again", Jubeir said as he pledged a "thorough and complete" investigation into the journalist's death. Why wasn't the consulate open to the investigation until many days later? Meanwhile, Turkish crime-scene investigators swarmed a garage Monday night in Istanbul where a Saudi consular vehicle had been parked.

"Evidence shows Khashoggi's killing was a result of a planned operation".

"My demand is that 18 people be tried in Istanbul", Erdogan said in a speech to ruling party lawmakers in Ankara, adding that "all those who played a role in the murder" had to face punishment.

The Council of Ministers on Tuesday emphasized that the Kingdom will hold to account all those responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and those who failed in their duties, whoever they are.

But Western diplomats say they assume Erdogan knows more than he revealed Tuesday and by withholding what he knows, he's increasing his leverage on Riyadh and turning the screws on the Saudi royal family.

Turkey's president suggested Tuesday that he might formally ask for the extradition of the 18 men Saudi Arabia is holding responsible for the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

"Why did these 15 people meet in Istanbul on the day of the murder?" In a remark clearly pointed by omitting any mention of MBS, he said, "I do not doubt the sincerity of King Salman".

British Prime Minister Theresa May's spokesman separately described as "deeply disturbing" reports that parts of Khashoggi's body have been found in Istanbul.

Khashoggi went to the consulate that day on an administrative errand, after consular employees told him that paperwork he needed for his marriage would be ready October 2, his family and friends said.

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