Saudi and Turkish prosecutors meet over Khashoggi investigation

Saudi and Turkish prosecutors meet over Khashoggi investigation

Saudi and Turkish prosecutors meet over Khashoggi investigation

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is urging Saudi Arabia to disclose where Khashoggi's remains are and explain who gave the order to kill him.

British media say intercepts of internal communications by the kingdom's General Intelligence Directorate revealed that a member of the Saudi Royal family ordered to abduct Khashoggi and take him back to Saudi Arabia. "We must fully investigate the nature of these facts, and who's responsible", the French President said while adding, "Sanctions must be taken on this basis and these sanctions must be coherent and complete, and be extremely concrete and proportional". Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, however, says the kingdom will try the perpetrators and bring them to justice after the investigation is completed.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a contributor to "The Washington Post", who vanished on 2 October 2018 during a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi leadership has blamed a "rogue operation" for the killing of Khashoggi.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been murdered over a report he was preparing on the use of chemical weapons in Riyadh's devastating military campaign in Yemen.

The incident has cast intense spotlight on the West's relationship with Riyadh, given growing doubts over Saudi Arabia's shifting explanations of the killing.

"I and my Government would like all those responsible, from the person who gave this order to those who carried it out, to be brought to justice and punished under global law".

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Washington Post columnist Khashoggi's murder has escalated into a crisis for the world's top oil exporter as Saudi Arabia's allies have reacted with outrage. Ms. Cengiz first raised the alarm.

Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation into Khashoggi's murder.

"I and my government would like all those responsible, from the person who gave this order to those who carried it out, to be brought to justice and punished under worldwide law", she said. "I want to know the details of who is responsible".

Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said Khashoggi's murder "undermines regional stability" and that the US intends to take further action in response.

Asked whether the United States would limit its support to the Saudi-led coalition in Yemen, Mattis said on Sunday: "We'll continue to support the defence of the kingdom".

Khashoggi's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul almost four weeks ago has escalated into a crisis for the world's top oil exporter, which initially denied any knowledge of or role in his death.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders told a media briefing the administration was "weighing different options" and would make an announcement.

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