Hours after Riyadh admitted the “death” of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi , above, in a “fist fight” at their consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2, Turkey vowed to reveal to the world everything about the “killing” of the harsh critic of the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Ankara is not accusing anyone in advance but it will not accept any cover-up, Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency said quoting Omer Celik, spokesman of the ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), on Saturday.
Riyadh’s belated admission came early on that day after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke with King Salman and the two agreed to continue cooperation in the investigation.
On Friday, Turkish investigators questioned the employees of the Saudi consulate including the driver. Officers examined the van used to transport Khashoggi’s “dismembered” remains from the consulate to the consul-general’s nearby residence. After finding evidence pointing to Khashoggi’s murder during searches on the ground floor of the consul’s home on Oct 17 and Oct 18, the investigators extended their probe to a nearby forest where the body parts are believed to have been disposed of.
Another senior member of AKP Leyla Sahin Usta said Saudi Arabia should have admitted Khashoggi was killed in its consulate before the situation reached this stage.
European Parliament President Antonio Tajani sought an urgent investigation into the circumstances leading to the death of Khashoggi.
Amnesty International echoed Khashoggi fiancée Hatice Cengiz’s demand that Saudi Arabia should immediately produce the victim’s body so that independent forensic experts can conduct an autopsy.
Many are blaming Crown Prince Salman for Khashoggi’s death and, as international pressure mounts, King Salman is said to be asserting himself after realising the mistake of giving his son unlimited powers.