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Erdogan calls for Khashoggi Saudi killers to be tried in Turkey



Erdogan Khashoggi statement Sky News
President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan made a statement on the killing of
Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul


  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on
    Tuesday that he wanted to try the 18 Saudi agents involved in
    journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death on Turkish soil.
  • He proposed asking Saudi Arabia to extradite the 18 men
    that the kingdom identified as the suspects behind Khashoggi’s
  • Erdogan also called on Saudi King Salman “to do what it
    takes because the crime has taken place in Istanbul and we need
    to know.”
  • However, his speech did little to advance the
    narrative or address previous rumors about the case.

Turkey’s president suggested that he may ask for the extradition
of the 18 Saudi agents held responsible for the killing of
journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia detained 18 suspects and dismissed a top general

after admitting that Khashoggi died in the Saudi consulate.
Riyadh attributed the death, however, to a “fistfight.”

Recep Tayyip Erdogan told members of his Justice and
Development Party (AKP) on Tuesday: “I propose to file a suit
against the 18 people who have taken part in this crime in
Istanbul. This is just my proposal.”

Erdogan said that
15 of the 18 men flew from Saudi Arabia
to Istanbul the day
of the disappearance, while the three others were already in the

jamal khashoggi protester
protester holds a sign saying “We will not leave without Jamal
Khashoggi” outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 5,


In his Tuesday speech, Erdogan added that he would use Shariah,
international, and Saudi law, as well as the help of the Saudi
king, to get to the bottom of Khashoggi’s death.

Erdogan said: “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

The “Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques” is a deferential
title used in the Islamic world acknowledging King Salman as the
ruler responsible of the two holy cities of Mecca and

The Turkish president added that he would use “Shariah law,
international law, and the laws of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia”
in the investigation.

“We are here to do whatever it takes within the law,” he said.

mbs khashoggi erdogan
composite image of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi
critic and journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and Turkish President
Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Hamad I
Mohammed/Reuters; Middle East Monitor via Reuters; Matt Dunham –
WPA Pool/Getty Images

Erdogan on Tuesday also accused Saudi officials of planning the
assassination days before Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate
and claimed
that the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body was still unknown

However, the speech fell short of the promise Erdogan made to
reveal the truth about Khashoggi’s case “in all its nakedness.”
Authorities promised that Tuesday’s statement would reveal new
facts about the killing, but the speech did little to
advance the narrative or confirm previous gruesome rumors.

Erdogan did not mention reports of audio and video recordings of
Khashoggi being killed, which Turkish intelligence officers have
for at least two weeks claimed to have. US and European
intelligence officers said they have not received it, and US
President Donald Trump has doubted the existence of the footage.

The Turkish president also did not mention the name of Saudi
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is widely suspected of
orchestrating Khashoggi’s killing.

Reuters reported on Monday, citing Turkish intelligence sources,
one of the crown prince’s top aides ran the operation to kill
Khashoggi via Skype

Saudi Arabia has sought to distance its leadership from
Khashoggi’s death. On Sunday, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel
al-Jubeir told Fox News that the death was the
result of a “rogue operation”
unknown to Crown Prince
Mohammed and the Saudi intelligence services.

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