Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Jamal Khashoggi murder in Saudi consulate ‘savagely planned’: Turkey

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ISTANBUL: Turkey said that the murder of Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was “savagely planned”, vowing nothing would remain secret in a case that has severely tarnished the image of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Upping the pressure on Riyadh, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to reveal the “naked truth” on Tuesday about the Khashoggi case. The Washington Post contributor, 59, was murdered almost three weeks ago after stepping inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

After more than two weeks of near silence, Saudi Arabia finally admitted Khashoggi was killed in the consulate but the kingdom’s explanations are seen by friends and foes alike as contradictory and evasive.

US President Donald Trump said Monday he was “not satisfied” with Riyadh’s explanation of how journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, died inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. “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.”

Meanwhile, British Prime Minister Theresa May called Monday for the “truth” about the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

“I am sure the whole House will join me in condemning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi in the strongest possible terms. We must get to the truth of what happened,” May told parliament.

The case has shone the spotlight on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed. He has spearheaded a reform drive for the kingdom but now faces a stream of allegations – denied by Riyadh – that he ordered the killing of Khashoggi.

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