ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey’s justice minister on Thursday renewed a name on Saudi Arabia to cooperate within the investigation into the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, saying “nobody can escape duty.”
Abdulhamit Gul stated that Saudi Arabia’s high prosecutor — who spent three days in Istanbul as a part of joint Turkish-Saudi efforts to analyze the killing — had did not reply Turkish investigators’ questions in regards to the location of the author’s stays in addition to who ordered the killing.
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“We count on these inquiries to be answered swiftly,” Gul instructed reporters. “Nobody can escape duty. This problem has grow to be a world matter. It isn’t a difficulty that may be coated up.”
He added: “We would like the Saudi authorities to enter into shut cooperation with us. They must assist (the probe) in order that the complete incident is delivered to gentle.”
Istanbul’s chief prosecutor introduced Wednesday that The Washington Submit columnist was strangled instantly after he entered the consulate on Oct. 2 to gather a doc he wanted to marry his Turkish fiancee. His physique was dismembered and faraway from the consulate, the prosecutor’s workplace said, including that the killing was premeditated.
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The prosecutor’s assertion that Khashoggi was killed instantly conflicted with a report by pro-government newspaper Yeni Safak final month, which cited what it described as an audio recording of Khashoggi being tortured earlier than being killed.
Turkey is in search of the extradition of 18 suspects who’ve been detained in Saudi Arabia in order that they are often placed on trial in Turkey. They embody 15 members of an alleged “hit squad” that Turkey says was despatched to Istanbul to kill the 59-year-old journalist, who lived in exile in the US and had written critically of Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
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A few of these implicated within the killing are near the prince whose condemnation of the killing has did not ease suspicions that he was concerned.
Below mounting worldwide stress, Saudi Arabia has modified its narrative about Khashoggi’s killing a number of instances, and has not too long ago acknowledging that Turkish proof exhibits it was premeditated.
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