Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

Turkey's Erdogan expresses condolences to Khashoggi's family

Turkey's Erdogan expresses condolences to Khashoggi's family

The killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has sparked global condemnation and mushroomed into a major crisis for the world's top oil exporter.

Turkish investigators have found two suitcases and other items in a Saudi consulate vehicle in Istanbul, as part of the investigation into the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, broadcaster CNN Turk reported on Tuesday.

Vice-President Mike Pence said Tuesday that the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi "will not go without an American response" and that the Central Intelligence Agency director was in Turkey to review evidence in the case.

"We will continue to explore additional measures to hold those accountable", Pompeo said.

Saudi Arabia has claimed that Khashoggi died accidentally in a brawl at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The hackers posted a doctored image of Khashoggi wearing an orange jumpsuit, with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman standing behind him holding a bloody sword.

"I think the balance is much more in our favour, which gives the president far more leverage to deal with this matter than he has let on", Grappo said.

Saudi Arabia says senior officials including Prince Mohammed were unaware of the operation.

Khashoggi, who lived in self-imposed exile in the US for almost a year before his death, had written critically of the young prince's crackdown on dissent.

The crown prince even joked about the incident at the forum, saying Hariri would be in Saudi Arabia this time for two days.

Among its many investments domestically and overseas, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, which the crown prince oversees, has invested US$20 billion in a US-focused infrastructure fund with Blackstone.

He added that he wants to see the facts of a US investigation first before making any judgment.

Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan is shedding light on his government's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

But after Khashoggi disappeared inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2, numerous top names pulled out.

Shortly after Erdogan spoke on Tuesday, President Trump said of the affair, "The cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups".

Erdogan also revealed a local co-conspirator helped the Saudi team dispose of Khashoggi's body, which contradicts previous claims that it was flown to Saudi Arabia.

A Reuters witness said a Saudi team accompanied the Turkish investigators as they carried out the search in a auto park where the vehicle was found in Istanbul's Sultangazi district on Monday.

The whereabouts of Khashoggi's corpse is still unknown. We're seeking answers. When the murder was so clear, why have so many inconsistent statements been made? The Turkish leader stressed that after the murder a person with a false beard, wearing glasses and clothes, who pretended to be Khashoggi, left for Riyadh that evening.

But Britain's foreign secretary highlighted the difficulty in agreeing on a common European Union stance on Saudi arms exports when he pointed out last month that "With countries like Saudi Arabia, countries like China, the way you make the most progress is by talking to them in private". Khashoggi said to them, according to the Saudi official.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday laid out his country's initial findings in its investigation, saying Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated".

Trump awaited a briefing Thursday from CIA Director Gina Haspel, who has been in Turkey.

"Why has the body of someone who was officially said to be killed not been found yet?" asked Erdogan.

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