Jamal Khashoggi: Turkey demands Saudi Arabia reveals whereabouts of journalist's body

Hugh Fox
October 28, 2018

Eighteen Saudis are being investigated on the charge of "intentional homicide with premeditation" and torture over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a senior Turkish official with knowledge of the investigation told CNN.

According to Turkish officials, the audio allegedly reveals Khashoggi was interrogated, tortured, killed and dismembered after he entered the consulate on October 2.

But the body of Khashoggi, who was once an insider in Saudi royal circles, remains missing.

The ministry referred the extradition request for the suspects - all of whom are Saudi nationals - to Turkish Foreign Ministry, the statement said.

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, pictured in a file photo, said on Saturday that the global outcry over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi amounts to "hysteria", saying that people are blaming the kingdom before the investigation is complete.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo shakes hands with his Saudi counterpart Adel al-Jubeir

Mattis' comments at an worldwide conference in the Middle East didn't directly say Saudi Arabia was the perpetrator of the brutal slaying or refer to the calls from US lawmakers to cut arms sales to the kingdom.

"The statements he made about the subject were totally opposite within a very short period of time, and I totally took what he said [about a visit] as something he said to garner support from the public and considered it as such", she said Friday. Last week, the kingdom acknowledged that the killing was "premeditated".

Mr Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate on October 2 to obtain documents relating to his upcoming marriage to a 36-year-old Turkish woman he had met at a conference in May this year.

Macron meanwhile insisted there was no moral link to be made between the death of Khashoggi at the beginning of this month and Saudi Arabia's purchase of French-made weapons. The Saudi leadership has pushed responsibility down the chain of command.

Mattis said that even as the US moves forward with additional punitive measures in the wake of the murder, it will continue to support a "people to people partnership" with Saudi Arabia, a statement notable for its lack of mention of MBS.

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Cengiz, who is studying for a PhD in Istanbul, also said she declined an invitation to the U.S. from President Donald Trump, a staunch defender of the Gulf kingdom.

The sale of weapons "has nothing to do with Mr Khashoggi".

The Middle East Strategic Alliance (MESA) is meant to serve as a bulwark against Iran and extremism, the U.S. says.

But as more information emerged from the Turkish authorities about the murder at the Saudi consulate, Trump called it "the worst in the history of cover-ups".

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, has denounced the "repulsive" murder, denying any involvement.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on the Saudis to admit who ordered the killing and where the body is.

In a furious opinion piece published last night, Turki al-Dakhil, general manager of the Saudi-owned Al-Arabiya news channel, warned the United States "will stab its own economy to death" if it tried to impose sanctions.

Khashoggi's remains have yet to be found.

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