Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Saudi Arabia 'sent agents to cover up Jamal Khashoggi's murder' in Istanbul

Saudi Arabia 'sent agents to cover up Jamal Khashoggi's murder' in Istanbul

"Turkey approaches the Khashoggi killing with transparency and in a serious manner", Oktay said, adding that Turkish authorities are now seeking the person who ordered the killing on Turkish soil.

"Reports that the killing was pre-meditated are deeply alarming", Australian ambassador Sally Mansfield told the U.N. Human Rights Council hearing.

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said that Khashoggi's murder by Saudi agents was premeditated and that the order to kill him "came from the highest levels of the Saudi government", though he has not specified who he thinks was responsible.

The team was sent nine days after Khashoggi's October 2 killing and before Turkish officials could investigate the scene of the crime, the Saudi consulate, proving the murder "was within the knowledge of top Saudi officials", the official added.

"What took place in that Saudi consulate was clearly horrific, despicable and tragic, and I believe that Saudi Arabia is going to get to the bottom of it, but please, you have to give us some time until the investigation is done and made public by the government of Saudi Arabia".

"The King has stressed that everybody involved will be brought to justice".

Turkish officials later confirmed the report to Western media.

A video image of Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, is played during an event to remember Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post who was killed inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2, in Washington, Friday, Nov. 2, 2018.

More news: Popeyes Offering Free Chicken If Derrick Lewis Beats Daniel Cormier

Abdulaziz Almoayyad, a Saudi human rights activist told Al Jazeera from Dublin that due to the global outcry over Khashoggi's murder, Saudi Arabia is now treading more carefully.

A Turkish official says two men were sent to erase evidence of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder a week after he disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

'I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon, ' he said.

According to a new report by the Armed Conflict Location and Event Data Project, a nonprofit conflict-research organization, the Saudi-led war has so far claimed the lives of around 56,000 Yemenis.

Turkey wants the suspects extradited but Saudi Arabia has maintained they will be prosecuted nationally.

It was not immediately clear if the king's powerful son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, would be participating in the tour.

Egypt's ambassador Alaa Youssef praised Saudi Arabia's efforts to confront terrorism and radicalism.

Ahead of the review, the United Nations rights office published a list of concerns about human rights in Saudi Arabia, including discrimination against women, continued use of the death penalty, and "extremely broad" definitions of terrorism that enable "the criminalization of some acts of peaceful expression".

Like this: