Khashoggi probe: Erdogan vows to uncover truth after Saudi admission

Posted October 22, 2018

On Friday, prosecutors questioned staff members of the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul inside Istanbul's main courthouse, including the consulate driver, technicians and accountants.

"Second, there is an urgent need to clarify what happened - we are far from this having been cleared up and those responsible held to account. Defending freedom of the press is a key priority for Finland", the tweet read.

From the outset, Riyadh claimed Khashoggi, a leading critic of the Saudi government, left the consulate soon after arriving.

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudi suspects were taken into custody and intelligence officials were fired.

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Speaking on Monday about the potential cost for Saudi Arabia, Trump only told the media that "the world is watching". The worldwide community has been near unanimous in demanding Riyadh provide clear answers over Mr Khashoggi's case.

The kingdom has come under intense global pressure to explain Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the Istanbul consulate on October 2 to seek paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

U.S. President Donald Trump, who has said the United States would consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia, emphasized on Saturday that he was not satisfied with the Saudis' handling of the case. "This was an operation that was a rogue operation", he said. Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, a top adviser to Crown Prince Salman - as part of an investigation into the Khashoggi case. He was accidentally choked after resisting and his body was rolled up in a rug and given to a local person for disposal, the official said. The crown prince has denied any involvement.

Saudi Arabia said information provided by Turkey helped the Kingdom reveal the truth about Khashoggi's murder.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said many questions "remain unanswered", echoing calls for an investigation.

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Mr. Trump has expressed uncertainty toward the Saudi moves, saying the acknowledgement of Mr. Khashoggi's death and the arrest of Saudi officials marks "a good first step" but that he is still "not satisfied until we find the answer".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday night, October 19, spoke with Saudi King Salman and the two agreed to continue cooperation in the probe. "It's early, we haven't finished our review or investigation".

"That gives you an idea of the vast financial and strategic interests that are invested in maintaining the U.S. partnership with Saudi Arabia and its leadership".

The UK's Brexit Secretary Dominic Raab said the Gulf kingdom's explanation for the death of the dissident journalist is "not credible".

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