Published: Fri, November 02, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Khashoggi murderers left Turkey over Saudi King’s phone call: Opposition party leader

Khashoggi murderers left Turkey over Saudi King’s phone call: Opposition party leader

Turkey pressed Saudi authorities on Thursday to tell them the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body, which has not been recovered.

After talks with Mojeb earlier this week, Fidan also said the killing was premeditated, with Khashoggi being suffocated immediately after entering the consulate and his body dismembered. The murder has drawn withering criticism of Riyadh from around the world.

After the journalist disappeared, Saudi Arabia initially insisted Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate after visiting the building on October 2.

The murder of the royal insider-turned-critic has provoked widespread outrage and fuelled an global debate about arms deliveries to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told the USA he considered murdered writer Jamal Khashoggi to be a unsafe Islamist, media reports say. Imagine what would happen if Saudi Arabia were destabilized. Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that he had boarded a plane back to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, having met with the Istanbul chief prosecutor twice.

The Crown Prince urged the advisors to preserve the US-Saudi alliance and claimed the journalist was a member of the Sunni Islamist organisation the Muslim Brotherhood, according to the Washington Post.

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt also said it was an appalling act, adding that it had "possibly" given the United States and the UK a chance to put new pressure on Saudi Arabia over other issues.

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Khashoggi's family rejected the characterization in a statement to the newspaper.

A stream of reports in Turkey's pro-government media -- often sourcing anonymous Turkish officials -- have laid out a number of theories about the murder and its aftermath. "The president said we will demand accountability for those who were involved in the commission of this heinous crime". "He denied such claims repeatedly over the past several years", the statement said.

"Jamal Khashoggi was not a risky person in any way possible".

Omer Chelik stressed that Turkey will not let anyone cover up Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

Turkey complies with any "foreign interventions" on its major issues, the main opposition party leader said, suggesting that Ankara allowed the murderers of the Saudi journalist to leave Turkey after a phone call between Saudi King Salman and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

He entered the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul a month ago to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage, but never left. A critic of the Saudi royal family, Khashoggi had been living in exile in the United States.

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