Saudi gov't was directly involved in killing of journalist - Turkey

Leroy Wright
November 4, 2018

Hours before the memorial, Cengiz wrote about Khashoggi in an opinion piece for The Washington Post, saying, "As we witness the global outrage at his killing, the perpetrators should know that they can never erase his vision for his beloved country". On October 15, Trump said Saudi Arabia's King Salman denied any involvement, and the president suggested that "rogue killers" could be responsible for the killing.

Khashoggi, a prominent Saudi journalist and critic of the regime, was last seen entering the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Khashoggi had entered the consulate to get some papers he needed to marry his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz, who waited for him outside for hours before she alerted Turkish authorities.

Meanwhile, in the latest development in the month-long investigation into the journalist's death, an advisor to the Turkish President said the body was cut up so it would dissolve easier.

"Though Riyadh has detained 18 suspects, it is deeply concerning that no action has been taken against the Saudi consul general, who lied through his teeth to the media and fled Turkey shortly afterward", Erdogan said.

However, the impact over the incident that will have the greatest impact both geopolitically and in global oil markets, is how the USA will ultimately respond.

An unnamed official also told the Washington Post "biological evidence" in the consulate's garden suggested that because of acid "Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying".

Khashoggi's death, which reportedly happened in the Saudi Arabian consulate in Turkey, has enraged several individuals, institutions and countries globally. In the spirit of that initiative, we respectfully call on you to immediately authorize an independent, global investigation into Jamal Khashoggi's disappearance and apparent murder. "But I think it's respectful to go and listen to leaders who have the opportunity to make life better for Christians and Muslims and potentially for Israel as well and who are against the crazies in Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood".

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Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that he had boarded a plane back to Saudi Arabia on Wednesday, having met with the Istanbul chief prosecutor twice. While Saudi authorities have admitted that the journalist's murder was premeditated, the body has yet to be found.

"It's not clear how long that's going to continue, but right now Saudi Arabia is, if not exactly an worldwide pariah, at least a tainted entity", Ibish told AFP.

"One thing Britain urgently needs to do is halt all further arms sales to the Saudi Arabia and other members of the military coalition in Yemen", she said. "Turkey does not want to lose Saudi Arabia at the end of the day", Mahcupyan said.

"The killing of Khashoggi is inexplicable", he wrote.

The prince added that the Deep State has no time to save the Saudi throne because of the health condition of king Salman.

Although their USA visas have been revoked, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said it would be a "handful more weeks" before the U.S. knew enough to impose sanctions on individuals involved in Khashoggi's killing.

We therefore respectfully call on you to immediately authorize an independent, worldwide investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi that would lay the groundwork for identifying and holding accountable the perpetrators of this grievous crime.

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