Turkey says Saudi Arabia still has questions to answer over Khashoggi

Virginia Carson
October 26, 2018

Late last week, Saudi officials acknowledged the death of the Washington Post columnist and frequent critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and said it was the result of a fistfight gone awry.

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Still, the three-day Future Investment Initiative conference drew hundreds of businessmen and government officials from around the world to a palatial venue in Riyadh, aiming to attract foreign capital to support Saudi economic reforms.

Mohammed has denied any prior knowledge of the of the mission and on Wednesday called the journalist's killing "a heinous crime".

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The Saudi disclosure came after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week.

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Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb said investigators came to that conclusion after evidence presented by Turkish officials as part of the two nations' probe into the killing.

Trump told the Wall Street Journal in an interview this week that he didn't think Saudi King Salman knew about the killing in advance.

While the Trump administration had inititally defended the kingdom's explanation for how Khashoggi was killed, on Tuesday, US President Donald Trump said Saudi authorities had staged the "worst cover-up ever".

Bin Salman has chaired the first meeting of a committee set up for that goal, the state-run Saudi Press Agency reported Thursday.

Initially, Riyadh denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

After over two weeks of denials and shifting stories about what happened, Saudi officials said that Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate after a fight broke out.

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Prince Mohammed bin Salman vowed to punish those responsible for the crime, but media reports have quoted Turkish security sources as saying the operation was run by a top aide to the crown prince.

Turkey did not have "any desire" to take the case to an global court, he added, but would be willing to share information and the outcomes of its investigation.

That could change after his briefing with Haspel, however, who is back in Washington after a trip to Turkey where she was briefed on Turkey's own investigation.

Erdogan called it a "brutal" murder.

But Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said Madrid would fulfill its commitment to sell Saudi Arabia 400 precision bombs despite his "dismay" over the "terrible murder" of Khashoggi.

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