Saudi, Turkish prosecutors discuss Khashoggi killing

30 October, 2018, 04:09 | Author: Mary Valdez
  • U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis addresses a press conference in Prague on Oct. 28

Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor met with his Turkish counterpart in Istanbul on Monday to discuss the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The outcome of the talks was not immediately clear.

Khashoggi, who had become a frequent critic of the crown prince of Saudi Arabia, was in the consulate to obtain papers for his planned marriage.

Cengiz said her fiancee's death had left a "void" in her life and had turned him into a "martyr" for the cause of democracy in Saudi Arabia.

Al-Mojeb, the prosecutor visiting Istanbul, was named attorney general by Saudi King Salman previous year after a palace shakeup that saw Prince Mohammed sideline his elder, more experienced cousin, Mohammed bin Nayef, for the title of crown prince.

Under mounting worldwide pressure, Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, recently acknowledging that Turkish evidence shows it was premeditated. There has been no announcement by the Saudis about the visit, which comes just days after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel was in Turkey to review evidence before briefing the US president. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, however, says the kingdom will try the perpetrators and bring them to justice after the investigation is completed.

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

"The presence of Saudi Public Prosecutor in Istanbul further reinforces the trust between the two countries", he said.

But the investigation "should not be prolonged", he said.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of the Saudi suspects detained for the killing in the Saudi Consulate, which happened after Khashoggi entered the building on October 2.

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Hatice Cengiz, who waited outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul when her partner went inside and never returned, gave a barbed message to the American president.

He had fled Saudi Arabia and taken up residence in the United States, where he wrote columns for The Washington Post.

The country has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi may have been murdered over a report he was preparing on the use of chemical weapons in Riyadh's devastating military campaign in Yemen.

At a memorial service Monday night in London, Cengiz said she never imagined such barbarity was awaiting Khashoggi inside the consulate.

When asked why MI6 did not alert its intelligence partner the USA, the source said "a decision was taken that we'd done what we could".

The US relies heavily on Saudi Arabia to counter Iran's influence in the region and to defend the security of Israel.

"I believe the Saudi regime knows where his body is", she told the audience at the service, sponsored by the Middle East Monitor and Al Sharq Forum. "I want to know the details of who is responsible".

She added, "President Trump should not pave the way for a coverup".

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