Jamal Khashoggi murder: 18 murder suspects accused of 'monstrous intent'

Charlene Craig
October 28, 2018

Hatice Cengiz, in an interview with Turkish broadcaster Haberturk, said Khashoggi had not wanted to go to the Saudi consulate, where he was killed shortly after entering it on October 2.

Turkey has other "information and evidence" about the killing by Saudi officials after Khashoggi entered the consulate on October 2, and it will eventually reveal that information, Erdogan said without elaborating.

Cengiz said in the interview she has not yet received any condolence calls from the government of Saudi Arabia.

Beyond the detention of the 18 suspects, five Saudi intelligence chiefs have been sacked, including two who were part of the crown prince's inner circle.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has described the kingdom as a "vision of light" in the region as it tries to control the fallout from Jamal Khashoggi's killing - its biggest diplomatic crisis since the 9/11 attacks.

"I think the call was about showing that they were serious after Trump's statements", she added. Saudi Arabia's allies have reacted with outrage towards a country that is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against growing Iranian influence in the Middle East, Reuters said.

He later assumed he would not ultimately be arrested or harmed in Turkey, she said.

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Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi, a son, of Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 23, 2018.

After three weeks of shifting Saudi accounts around the incident, the kingdom this week acknowledged that the killing was "premeditated", citing evidence from investigating Turkish officials.

Mr Erdogan criticised initial Saudi statements that claimed the journalist had left the consulate unharmed after going there for paperwork related to his planned marriage to Ms Cengiz.

The European Parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding resolution urging an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in response to the murder.

Saudi foreign minister Adel Al Jubeir refuted media reports about any intention to shift Saudi Arabia's alliance away from United States and the West.

The fiancée of the late Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi declined an invitation from President Donald Trump to visit the White House, she said Friday.

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"Who gave the order for 15 people to come to Turkey?" he said, referring to a 15-man Saudi security team Turkey has said flew into Istanbul hours before the killing.

Mattis told the conference that more measures would follow.

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump called the case "one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

"We have tried to share the information that we have obtained with the public".

Turkish officials allege a Saudi Arabian hit squad carried out the murder, with many commentators blaming the country's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, for the appalling act.

Khashoggi's remains have yet to be found.

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