Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Erdogan calls for trial of Saudi Khashoggi killing suspects in Turkey

Erdogan calls for trial of Saudi Khashoggi killing suspects in Turkey

The news comes after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan demanded Saudi officials reveal the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains, after the Saudi government admitted Khashoggi had been murdered, albeit in a "fist fight" with officials inside the consulate in Istanbul.

The killing of Khashoggi is something that must "never happen again", Jubeir said as he pledged a "thorough and complete" investigation into the journalist's death.

Saudi Arabia claimed Saturday that Khashoggi, 59, accidentally died in the consulate after an altercation with a team that was sent to negotiate his return.

On Monday, Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland said Canada is "gravely concerned by the murder" of Khashoggi, adding there are "very important questions" about the entire relationship with Saudi Arabia.

For weeks, the Saudi government denied that it killed Khashoggi and said he walked out of the consulate after his October 2 visit.

It came as video was published showing a meeting between the journalist's son, Salah Khashoggi, the Gulf kingdom's ruler, King Salman, and his son crown prince Mohamed bin Salman, at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.

"Those partners who are here with us today to continue that journey with us are certainly going to look back and find out ... how committed the kingdom is to its partners that stay the course", Al-Falih said.

Interested in Jamal Khashoggi? Meanwhile, Turkish crime-scene investigators swarmed a garage Monday night in Istanbul where a Saudi consular vehicle had been parked.

A former royal family insider turned critic of the Saudi crown prince, Khashoggi disappeared after he entered the consulate on October 2 to collect a document for his upcoming marriage. "My proposal to the Saudis is that the 15 plus three - 18 - people who were arrested should be tried on our soil, in Istanbul". "We have information that the murder is not instant, but planned", he said. Kushner has cultivated a close partnership with the heir to the Saudi throne, who is widely suspected of being behind Khashoggi's murder. Dozens of government and business leaders have pulled out, but Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appeared at the event on Tuesday. Instead, much of what he said confirmed reports and leaks citing anonymous officials in the days since the journalist walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. The Turkish government immediately launched an investigation, and within days, authorities told US intelligence and news outlets that evidence suggested Khashoggi had been killed and dismembered upon entering the consulate.

Trump has also repeatedly highlighted the kingdom's importance as a US ally and said Prince Mohammed was a strong and passionate leader.

Tabling new allegations that Saudi officials scoped out rural areas outside Istanbul the day before Khashoggi's murder, the president said Riyadh's suggestion that the killing was a rogue extradition operation gone wrong was unsatisfactory and Turkey's investigation was ongoing.

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