Order to kill Khashoggi came from top of Saudi government: Turkey's Erdogan


The order to kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Friday, adding that the worldwide community had the responsibility to "reveal the puppet masters" behind the slaying.

As we witness the worldwide outrage at his killing, the perpetrators should know that they can never erase his vision for his beloved country. Saudi officials have acknowledged that Kashoggi was killed in the consulate on October 2, but say the assailants gave the remains to a third party.

They include 15 members of an alleged Saudi "hit squad" that Turkey says was sent to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the United States and had written critically of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Last week, the kingdom's public prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb said the attack was premeditated.

Turkish officials said earlier this week chief Istanbul prosecutor Irfan Fidan failed to get answers about the location of Khashoggi's body and who ordered his killing during three days of a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation in Istanbul.

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But Yasin Aktay, who advises President Tayyip Erdogan and was a friend of Khashoggi's, told Hurriyet newspaper that the corpse was disposed of by dismembering and dissolving it.

But he said Turkish authorities still don't know where Khashoggi's body is or the identity of the "local collaborator" to whom Saudi officials claim to have handed the remains, Erdogan said.

Providing new details about Khashoggi's death this week, the Istanbul Prosecutor's Office called it an "assassination", issuing a statement saying Khashoggi was set upon soon after he entered the consulate, as part of a plan.

"It is now up to the worldwide community to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Of all nations, the United States should be leading the way", Cengiz said in opinion article published in the Washington Post, The Guardian and other media outlets Friday.

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"The Trump administration has taken a position that is devoid of moral foundation", she wrote. His invitation for Turkish investigators to Saudi Arabia for more talks about the case felt like a desperate and deliberate stalling tactic.

"This is another reason we were shocked and saddened by the efforts of certain Saudi officials to cover up Khashoggi's premeditated murder rather than serve the cause of justice", he said.

"I would like him to support Turkey's efforts in trying to bring light to this situation and to discover the whereabouts of his body", said Cengiz, who was waiting outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 when the journalist went inside to obtain paperwork for their planned marriage, never to re-emerge.

Slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi is being remembered at a memorial service in Washington, D.C., on Friday, in an event that will include speeches from his fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, and others.

"The larger problem is Iran and we have to make sure that Iran does not continue the malign activities that it has been doing over the last few weeks in Europe", said Netanyahu.

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But other attacks carried out by Islamic State (IS, formerly ISIS) have been far more deadly. The Islamic State group claimed the attack in a message via its propaganda agency Amaq.

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman, in a call with US President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Advisor John Bolton, described the journalist as a "dangerous Islamist".