The Latest: Turkish President Sheds Light On Potential Murder Of Saudi Journalist

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi first made international headlines after he entered the consulate, which was in Istanbul, for marriage papers and never emerged. As it is believed the journalist is dead, both the Turkish and Saudi governments have been asked to give an account.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan announced he believes Khashoggi was the victim of a “savage murder” at the hands of the Saudi people when he entered a Saudi consulate a few weeks ago.

“The information and evidence we have gathered until now show that Khashoggi was the victim of a murder which was savagely planned,” Erdogan said, via ABC News.

From Associated Press:

Addressing lawmakers of his ruling party in Parliament Tuesday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says all those responsible for the killing must be punished regardless of rank — from the person who ordered his death to those who carried out the killing.

He asked: “where is the body of Jamal Khashoggi?” For the first time, Erdogan also confirmed that a body double of Khashoggi was used as a decoy after he was killed.

Erdogan’s speech came as skepticism intensified about Saudi Arabia’s account that he died accidentally in its consulate in Istanbul.


President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday that the Saudi officials began plotting against Khashoggi in late September, days ahead of his disappearance after he entered the consulate on Oct. 2.

Erdogan’s comments contradicted Saudi accounts that Khashoggi died accidentally in a “fistfight” in the consulate.


Ahead of the remarks, ABC News also reported 18 Saudi officials were arrested over the incident:

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudis were arrested and that several top intelligence officials were fired over the killing, but critics alleged that the punishment was designed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom’s heir-apparent, of any responsibility.

Erdogan has promised the case “will be revealed in all its nakedness” in a speech to ruling party members around midday on Tuesday.

Erdoğan addressed the arrests and said they should be tried by the Turkish judicial system.

“My proposal to the Saudis is that the 15 plus three — 18 — people who were arrested should be tried on our soil, in Istanbul,” the president said.

The information surrounding the alleged murder has largely been inconsistent and the story seems to be constantly changing. President Trump said, via ABC News, he was “not satisfied” with the current flow of information:

On Monday, CNN received surveillance videos from a senior Turkish official that appeared to show a member of the 15-person Saudi squad dressed in Khashoggi’s clothes the same day the journalist went missing.

Then, a Saudi official told ABC News that the team of men who met Khashoggi at the consulate was acting on orders from the Saudi intelligence agency, GIP. According to the official, the mission involved taking Khashoggi to a safe house for 48 hours in order to pressure him to return to Saudi Arabia.

President Donald Trump on Monday told reporters he wasn’t satisfied with the Saudis’ response to Khashoggi’s death, adding, “I’m not satisfied with what I’ve heard.”

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