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Turkey shot down Saudi Arabia claim that Khasoggi killing is rogue op

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Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Turkish President Recep
Tayyip Erdogan makes a statement at a speech in
Ankara.

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Unal


  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan knocked down the
    Saudi explanation for Khashoggi’s death in a speech on
    Tuesday.
  • We have strong evidence in our hands that shows
    the murder wasn’t accidental but was instead the outcome of a
    planned operation
    ,” he said.
  • Saudi Arabia has denied that its leadership was
    involved in the killing, and has tried to blame rogue agents
    who made

     a “terrible mistake” for the
    death.
  • While Erdogan did not mention Saudi Arabia’s leadership
    directly, he said he was not satisfied with Riyadh’s
    explanation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan contradicted Saudi
Arabia’s claim that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was
a rogue operation, and said instead that Khashoggi was the
victim of a “savage” and “planned” murder.

Erdogan rejected Saudi Arabia’s claim that the journalist
was killed accidentally, in an address to lawmakers of his
Justice and Development Party (AKP) on Tuesday in Ankara.

“We have strong evidence in our hands that shows the murder
wasn’t accidental but was instead the outcome of a planned
operation,” he said.

“The information obtained so far and the evidence found
shows that Khashoggi was murdered in a ferocious manner.”

Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist who was often critical of his
government, went missing October 2 after entering the Saudi
Consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan said that a “roadmap” to Khashoggi’s murder
began when he was called to the consulate to collect marriage
paperwork.

Erdogan said that Turkish investigators have established
that Khashoggi’s killing was planned several days in advance,
and that a team of 15 people had begun arriving in Istanbul
the day before Khashoggi’s disappearance.

Three of the men scouted a forest a city 55 miles away,
where police would later look for Khashoggi’s body. The body

has not yet been found
.


jamal khashoggi cat
Jamal
Khashoggi.


Screenshot/Twitter/Hatice
Cengiz



He said that the “highest-ranked” of those responsible should be
brought to justice. “Pinning such a case on some security and
intelligence members will not satisfy us or the international
community,” he said. 

“From the person who gave the order, to the person who
carried it out, they must all be brought to account.”

He did not identify anybody he had in mind, though his
reference to high-ranked people suggests he believes the
responsibility spreads beyond the limited number of officials who
were directly involved.

Erdogan did not mention King Salman of Saudi Arabia, or
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, despite earlier leaks from
Turkish intelligence officials suggesting that the prince was
aware of the killing, and
could even have ordered it
.

He also
called for the 18 people arrested in Saudi Arabia over the death
to be put on trial in Turkey.

Saudi Arabia’s account

While the account given by Saudi Arabia for the
journalist’s death has regularly changed, the kingdom has
consistently denied that the government was involved and most
recently claimed that the death was a “terrible mistake” by rogue
agents.

The Saudi government initially claimed Khashoggi safely
departed the consulate, and denied involvement in his
disappearance for 17 days.

On Friday, October 19, the government
officially acknowledged Khashoggi’s death
and said that he
had died in a fistfight in the consulate. 

And on Sunday, October 21, the Foreign Minister Adel
al-Jubeir told Fox News
described the death as a “murder” for the first time,
but
said that it was a “tremendous mistake” done by people who
were not operating under the government’s orders.

He said that Crown Prince Mohammed was “not aware” of
Khashoggi’s death until later.


Mohammed bin Salman
Saudi
Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

REUTERS/Amir Levy

“We are determined to uncover every stone. We are determined to
find out all the facts. And we are determined to punish those who
are responsible for this murder,” Jubeir said.

The narrative surrounding Khashoggi’s disappearance has
been shaped
largely by leaks from Turkish officials that challenge Saudi
Arabia’s accounts
, and Erdogan has issued increasingly bold
statements implicating the Saudi leadership in Khashoggi’s death.

Erdogan did not make mention of many of the
grisly claims
made in these leaks, or of the
recording of Khashoggi’s death that Turkey claims to hold.

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