How Turkey says the Khashoggi murder unfolded

How Turkey says the Khashoggi murder unfolded

Troy Powers
October 25, 2018

The Saudi government has said Khashoggi died in a fist fight but Canada and other countries say Riyadh's explanation lacks credibility and are calling for a detailed investigation.

This narrative has been met with a great deal of skepticism and was directly contradicted by Turkish President RecepTayyip Erdogan on Tuesday when he said Khashoggi's killing was premeditated.

CIA Director Gina Haspel, in Turkey to investigate the death of Mr Khashoggi, has sought to hear a purported audio recording of his torture and murder, four sources familiar with her mission told Reuters.

She said the High Court ruled past year that British arms exports to Saudi were legal, but noted that Britain kept all licenses "under review".

After weeks of maintaining he was still alive, the authorities now say the 59-year-old was killed in a rogue operation after visiting the Saudi consulate in Turkey. "From now on, we expect them to uncover all those responsible for this matter from top to bottom and make them face the necessary punishments", Erdogan said in a speech in parliament.

On Monday, leaked surveillance video showed a man strolling out of the diplomatic post hours after Khashoggi disappeared into the consulate, apparently wearing the columnist's clothes as part of a macabre deception to sow confusion over his fate. It first denied his death and later said Khashoggi - a US resident and columnist for the Washington Post - died inside the consulate after a fight.

There are bipartisan calls in Congress for sanctions to be leveled against Saudi Arabia and for the USA to cease arms sales.

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Erdogan further mentioned that out of the 18 Saudi nationals arrested, 15 were the very same Saudis who have been identified by Turkish authorities who arrived in Istanbul before the incident that left Khashoggi dead.

The State Department will hold those individuals accountable by revoking their visas or making the ineligible to obtain a visa to enter the U.S., Pompeo said.

While living in Saudi Arabia, Khashoggi was told to stop writing or posting on Twitter, where he has more than 1.6 million followers.

Trump said he was convinced King Salman had no advance knowledge of the incident, according to the Journal. We have to develop our own data set.

Meanwhile, Pence said he wants "to assure the American people that we're going to get to the bottom of it".

A spokesman for its leader Jeremy Corbyn said Mr Khashoggi's killing was "a shocking act by a dictatorial regime involved in multiple human rights abuses at home and abroad". Consulate personnel were given the day off.

"We have to ask ourselves the question of what that means for our bilateral relations". "The conscience of humanity will only be satisfied once everybody is called into account, from those who gave the orders to those who carried them out".