Published: Thu, November 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Turkey doubts Saudi willingness to ‘genuinely cooperate’ on Khashoggi

Turkey doubts Saudi willingness to ‘genuinely cooperate’ on Khashoggi

US-based Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled the minute he stepped inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, and his body was then hacked to bits and secretly disposed of, a top Turkish prosecutor said Wednesday.

Turkey cast doubt Wednesday on whether Saudi Arabia was willing to "genuinely cooperate" in the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, as worldwide pressure increased on Riyadh to provide answers. Turkey is demanding to know where Mr Khashoggi's body is and who gave the order for the operation to kill him.

The Istanbul prosecutor's office said of the talks, which took place on Monday and Tuesday: "Despite our well-intentioned efforts to reveal the truth, no concrete results have come out of those meetings".

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor who had criticised Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, has not been seen after entering the consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his marriage to his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

The Minority in Parliament has called on the House to condemn the murder of Saudi Arabian Journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

Boris Johnson accepted a £14,000 trip to Saudi Arabia from the country's foreign affairs ministry only a few days before the journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered in the country's consulate in Istanbul. "He has been a central figure in the (Saudi royal family) for years", said Michael Stephens, a Middle East expert at the Royal United Services Institute.

The woman, who is a Turkish citizen, called police when Khashoggi did not emerge at 5 p.m., after the consulate had officially closed.

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Al-Mojeb also visited the Saudi consulate where Khashoggi went missing, Al Jazeera reported.

The killing of Khashoggi, a former Saudi court insider, has also focused worldwide attention on the policies of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

Prince Ahmed bin Abdulaziz, a younger brother of King Salman and uncle of Crown Prince Salman, arrived on Tuesday after nearly three months overseas.

Business Insider has contacted Saudi Arabia's embassy in Washington, DC, for comment.

Turkey says a trial in Turkey would be transparent, reflecting concerns about Saudi attempts to dodge responsibility for the killing.

In a letter sent to the president on Wednesday, the politicians said they have been concerned by Riyadh's ongoing refusal to adopt policies and technologies that limit the enrichment of uranium and reprocess plutonium, among other nuclear fuel-making activities.

"We will continue to campaign for truth and accountability for his horrific murder, by those who planned, ordered and executed it", said Kumi Naidoo, secretary general of Amnesty International, which released the video.

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