Published: Tue, October 23, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Turkey Says Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Murder 'Savagely Planned'

Turkey Says Journalist Jamal Khashoggi's Murder 'Savagely Planned'

U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Monday, according to the Saudi government, illustrating how the White House is retaining close ties with the embattled Middle Eastern leader despite a growing global outcry.

Two days after the kingdom confirmed Khashoggi was dead as a result of a fistfight, Turkey's ruling party said Monday he was the victim of a "monstrously planned" murder. They are said to have threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted.

The Foreign Secretary said Saudi Arabia's official claim that the journalist died in a fight at the Gulf kingdom's consulate in Istanbul was "not credible".

After repeating her earlier condemnation of Khashoggi's killing, Merkel said there is "an urgent need to clear up" what happened to the prominent commentator on Saudi affairs.

Turkish officials suspect the body of Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was cut up but the Saudi official said it was rolled up in a rug and given to a "local cooperator" for disposal.

The journalist has relatives in Saudi Arabia and his three children who hold USA citizenship.

"We are looking for justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth", he told a rally in Istanbul on Sunday.

"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", he said.

Turkish officials claim he was killed and dismembered in the consulate.

Kushner also said he has urged the crown prince "Just to be transparent, to be fully transparent". "That is unacceptable in any government".

Surveillance footage was aired on Monday showing a man wearing what appeared to be Jamal Khashoggi's clothes leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan and US President Donald Trump had agreed in telephone talks that the circumstances leading to Khashoggi's death "should be clarified in all its aspects". "We do not know in terms of details how".

Reuters on Sunday also reported that Madani dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to look like the journalist had left the consulate, citing an unnamed senior Saudi official.

The body double was one of 15 Saudis sent to carry out and cover up the assassination. But al-Jubeir said these "were not people closely tied to him", although news accounts have said that several Saudi security officials close to Mohammed were involved.

Turkish officials said a 15-member Saudi team flew to Istanbul, waited for Khashoggi at the consulate before killing and dismembering the 59-year-old writer.

"I am not satisfied with what I have heard", Trump told reporters at the White House, adding that he thought more would be known about the controversial case "very soon".

President Donald Trump says he needs to learn more about the killing of a Saudi journalist and will be working with Congress on the USA response.

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