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Turkey vows to tell the truth about the death of Jamal Khashoggi

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Holding
a poster of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a man stands near the
Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Friday, Oct. 5,
2018.

Associated Press/Emrah
Gurel


  • Turkey said it won’t allow a cover-up of what happened
    to journalist Jamal Khashoggi after Saudi Arabia confirmed that
    he died in its consulate in Istanbul.
  • According to the Turkish media, Turkish officials have
    vowed to reveal the details of their investigation into
    Khashoggi’s death.
  • Saudi Arabia initially denied a role in his death but
    later admitted the journalist died in its consulate after a
    “fist fight.”
  • That version of events has been questioned by US
    lawmakers and journalists.

Turkey’s ruling party has promised the country “will never allow
a cover-up” about the death of Saudi journalist and Washington
Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

According to
the BBC
and
other outlets
citing the Anadolu news agency, Turkish
officials have said they plan to reveal what details they have
about Khashoggi’s death after Saudi Arabia admitted to its role
in it.

A spokesman for Turkish president Recep Erdogan’s ruling
party was quoted as saying the country would “uncover what has
happened” to Khashoggi.

“We don’t blame anyone in advance, but we do not consent to this
being covered up,” spokesman Omar Celik said.

After a sustained period of global political pressure,
Saudi Arabia finally acknowledged its role in the death of Jamal
Khashoggi
. The Saudi journalist had been missing and feared
dead since October 2, when he was last seen entering the Saudi
consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork for his marriage.

Saudi Arabia initially denied any role in Khashoggi’s
disappearance, despite the fact he was viewed inside the kingdom
as a dissident for his criticism of the royal family and the
country’s stance on foreign policy issues. But after weeks of
denials, the kingdom said in a statement on Friday that Khashoggi
had died inside the consulate after “a quarrel and physical
confrontation” with people inside the building. Around 18 Saudi
suspects have been detained and senior officials within the
kingdom have been dismissed.

Saudi Arabia’s claims of a “fist fight” are at odds with Turkey’s
version of events. According to Turkish media, officials have a
recording of Khashoggi’s final moments and
evidence that he was dismembered
by an assassination squad
with links to Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The Saudis have denied this.

US senators are also unconvinced by the Saudi version of events.
Senator Lindsay Graham wrote on Twitter: “To say that I am
skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an
understatement.”

California Rep. Adam Schiff also expressed skepticism, saying:
“[If] Khashoggi was fighting inside the Saudi consulate in
Istanbul, he was fighting for his life with people sent to
capture or kill him.”

Khashoggi’s editor at the Washington Post, Karen Attiah, simply
wrote on Twitter of the story: “Utter bullshit.”

 

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