Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Turkey: Highest level of Saudi govt ordered writer’s slaying

Turkey: Highest level of Saudi govt ordered writer’s slaying

Amnesty International activists put up a mock street sign outside the Saudi embassy in London to mark one month since journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed in Riyadh's consulate in Istanbul.

Leading conservative evangelicals met with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman yesterday, as questions regarding Saudi Arabia's involvement in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi continue to pop up.

"We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government", he wrote in an article in the Washington Post.

Erdogan slammed the Saudi investigation thus far, noting "the efforts of certain Saudi officials to cover up Khashoggi's premeditated murder rather than serve the cause of justice". Earlier Turkish media reports said audio recordings captured Khashoggi being tortured before his death. "His invitation for Turkish investigators to Saudi Arabia for more talks about the case felt like a desperate and deliberate stalling tactic".

It also is pressing Saudi Arabia for information about who ordered Khashoggi's killing and the location of his remains.

A senior Israeli official also told Channel 10, "What happened with Khashoggi's murder is very problematic, and that's an understatement".

"We now see that it wasn't just cut up, they got rid of the body by dissolving it", Yasin Aktay, an official in Turkey's ruling party, told the Hurriyet newspaper in a story published on Friday.

Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, before being dismembered and his body destroyed.

She also slammed the United States, which shares economic interests with Saudi Arabia, on its inaction in condemning Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia faces sharp criticism from the worldwide community in the wake of the death.

The president has since said he is not satisfied with the Saudi Arabian government's explanation of the journalist's death. Khashoggi, who had arrived at the consulate to obtain papers to facilitate his marriage with Turkish girlfriend Hatice, was in the Consul General's room when he was grabbed by the squad. Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that he had boarded a plane back to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, having met with the Istanbul chief prosecutor twice.

Earlier, the USA called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting rebels supported by its arch-enemy Iran.

"Today I am inviting the worldwide community to take serious and practical steps to reveal the truth and to prosecute those involved in a court of law".

Riyadh initially claimed Khashoggi left freely after visiting the consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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