Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Turkey shares ‘evidence’ with CIA chief over Jamal Khashoggi murder

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ANKARA: Turkish intelligence has shared “all the evidence” over the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with the CIA chief during a visit, pro-government media reported.

CIA Director Gina Haspel visited the Turkish capital Ankara on Tuesday for talks with officials about the killing of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi inside Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate.

Video images and audio tapes, as well as evidence gathered from the consulate and the consul’s residence, were shared with Haspel during the briefing at the Turkish Intelligence Organisation (MIT), Sabah newspaper reported.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has stopped short of pointing the blame at the Saudi leadership for the death of the Saudi insider-turned-critic.

But he said in a keynote speech on Tuesday that the murder was meticulously planned, demanding that all those involved brought to justice.

Khashoggi, 59, vanished on October 2 after entering the Saudi mission to obtain documents for his wedding.

Speaking at a ceremony in Ankara, Erdogan on Wednesday vowed that Turkey would not allow the culprits to get away with their “savage murder”.

“We are determined not to allow any cover-up of this murder and for all those responsible from those who gave the command to those who executed it — not to escape justice,” he said.

“We are not implicating anyone,” he added, saying that Ankara would be transparent as it gathers more evidence that shed light on the “dark sides” of the murder.

“It is not over yet,” he said. “We are unravelling, dismantling (the case) and the world is closely following.”

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