Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Money | By Arnold Ball

Khashoggi's 'savage' murder premeditated: President Erdogan

Khashoggi's 'savage' murder premeditated: President Erdogan

Several countries, including Germany, Britain, France and Turkey, have pressed Riyadh to provide all the facts, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told his nation's Parliament on Tuesday the killing was "pre-planned and premeditated".

Erdogan spoke about Khashoggi's killing for more than 45 minutes, beginning his remarks with what he called a "refresh" of the events surrounding Khashoggi's death.

After weeks of denying any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, the Saudi government said on Friday that the journalist had indeed died in the kingdom's diplomatic compound in Istanbul. Look, Saudi Arabia's been a really great ally. He has repeatedly highlighted the kingdom's importance as an ally.

"To blame such an incident on a handful of security and intelligence members would not satisfy us or the global community", Mr Erdogan said in an address to the Turkish parliament.

"Neither the Vienna Convention nor other worldwide laws allow the investigation into such a brutal murder to be cloaked behind the shield of diplomatic immunity", the president said. JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs also canceled their appearances and Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser said "justice must be served".

We also extend our deepest condolences to Mr Khashoggi's family, his fiancée, and his friends.

USA president Donald Trump said he is not satisfied with the explanations he has heard about Mr Khashoggi's death. However, he kept pressure on the Saudi government with his demands for the Saudi suspects.

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After initially insisting that Khashoggi had left the consulate alive, the Saudi government has not admitted that he was killed, although it continues to claim that his death was unintentional.

"I urge the custodian of the two holy mosques, King Salman bin Abdulaziz, to do what it takes because the crime has taken place in Istanbul and we need to know", Erdogan said. "The conscience of humanity will only be satisfied once everybody is called into account, from those who gave the orders to those who carried them out".

On Sunday, the Saudi foreign minister acknowledged Khashoggi had been murdered but said the leadership had not been aware of the "rogue operation". The case has shocked people around the world.

The Saudi operative, said by the Turkish source to be one of a 15-man team sent from Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi, was wearing the journalist's clothes and was picked up on surveillance footage at locations around Istanbul.

Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comment in a televised interview with the state-run Anadolu news agency.

So far, Saudi Arabia announced it has arrested 18 individuals for their involvement in the plot.

Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary said he was "deeply concerned to hear President Erdogan describe Jamal Khashoggi's murder as pre-meditated". But Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the United States has identified some of the Saudi government and security officials it believes were involved in Mr Khashoggi's murder and would take appropriate actions including revoking U.S. visas.

Khashoggi, a dissident who lived in self-imposed exile in the United States where he contributed to The Washington Post, vanished after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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