Khashoggi affair 'won't drive wedge' btwn Saudi, Turkey

Arturo Kim
October 27, 2018

Saudi officials initially denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the consulate on October 2, before changing the official account to say an internal investigation suggested he was accidentally killed in a botched operation to return him to the kingdom.

Karen Attiah, Khashoggi's editor at the Washington Post, has said that Saudi authorities imposed a travel ban to put pressure on the journalist's writing.

Meanwhile, the crown prince has attended the first meeting of a committee aiming to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the killing of Mr Khashoggi.

Most outspoken has been Germany's Angela Merkel, who has halted Germany's arms exports to Saudi while the killing is being investigated, calling Khashoggi's death a "monstrosity".

While the Saudi prosecutor's office did not say specifically that its investigators reached the same conclusion, the statement seemed created to acknowledge the legitimacy of evidence and allegations from Turkey that Khashoggi's killing was planned.

An adviser to Turkey's president said Prince Mohammed had "blood on his hands" over Khashoggi, the bluntest language yet from someone linked to Erdogan.

Earlier on Wednesday President, Donald Trump said that if anyone in the kingdom's power structure had known about the plot, "it would be" the crown prince.

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But Turkey wants more answers from Saudi Arabia, a regional rival that is also a source of investment. "Where is it?" Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Palestinian counterpart.

The Turkish and Saudi governments, he added, are both keen to see those responsible for the crime held to account.

Turkey suspects Mr Khashoggi, 59, was dismembered inside the consulate.

In addition to the recall, Petricek demanded a "transparent investigation" into Khashoggi's tragic death, adding that he now expected a debate among fellow European Union member states on what restrictions could be placed on Saudi Arabia, including a block on the export of military materials.

Local media reported that the house in the Yalova province near Istanbul, which was raided by 40 policemen, belonged to one of the members of the Saudi hit squad whom Turkish officials accuse of killing Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Investigators emptied the well and are awaiting the results of an analysis of the water to determine whether body parts were dumped there, according to Yeni Safak, a pro-government Turkish newspaper. Another team went to the consulate and removed the hard disk from its security camera, he said. "An all-women government would be better for Lebanon", he said.

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