The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, demanded on Friday that Saudi Arabia reveals the site of Khashoggi's body and survives…
The Saudis has presented various stories about Khashoggi’s fate, firstly denying any knowledge before claiming that a group of rogue operators, many of whom belong to the inner circle of the Saudi crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, were responsible for Khashoggi’s death. The Saudi Arabian General Prosecutor then confirmed that Khashoggi was killed in a prevented murder.
Turkish investigators continue to look for clues to his body’s place of residence.
A source near Saudi royal palace told CNN last week that the site of Khashoggi’s body was not known to the Saudi people. The source said the body was handed over to a local “partner” after the killing, and added that it is not at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“We have requested information from Saudi officials regarding the origin of Jamal Khashoggi’s body and identity with the supposed local partner. We also noted that Saudi Arabia has to release all 18 suspects to Turkey so that they can be held responsible for what they did,” said one senior Turkish official of CNN on Wednesday.
“The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence that the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators. In other words, we did not get the impression that they were keen to really cooperate with the investigation, the official said.
The Saudi prosecutor arrived in Turkey on Sunday to meet his Turkish counterpart. Turkish state news agency Anadolu reported that on Wednesday he had rescheduled a plan back to Saudi Arabia. He had met Istanbul’s main prosecutor twice.
The chief prosecutor’s office in Istanbul said that during these meetings, Turkey and Saudi Arabia had agreed to investigate, seek and reveal all details of the event from all angles and to bring them as implemented and planned it for … justice. “
But the statement said the Saudi people had not answered three questions the Turkish side posed – namely, where Khashoggi’s body is; if the Saudi investigators had discovered evidence of the planning of his killing; and the identity of the reported” local collaborator. “ Instead, the Saudis told the Turkish prosecutor and his delegation to Saudi Arabia jointly to question the suspects about what happened to Khashoggi’s body and about his death was premeditated. The Turks added that the Saudi prosecutor also said it had not been done some statements from the Saudi authorities about the existence of the alleged local cooperation.
“Despite our benevolent efforts to disclose the truth no concrete results have come from these meetings, “Istanbul chief of prosecutor’s office, adding that it was in this light that it had been” guilty “to share the details of how Khashoggi was upset and his body was” split and destroyed “in accordance with plans made in advance.
The Saudi government has said it will conduct a thorough and transparent investigation and that the suspects will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.
After Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi was killed at its consulate in Istanbul, five senior officials were dismissed, including bin Salman’s media secretary and deputy chief of the Saudi intelligence service. 18 artists were arrested.
Riyadh claims that neither bin Salman nor King Salman knew the operation to target Khashoggi. US officials have said that such a mission – including 15 men sent from Riyadh – could not have been carried out without permission by bin Salman, the country’s de facto ruler.
CNN’s Gul Tuysuz reported from Istanbul and Laura Smith-Spark wrote from London. CNN’s Isil Sariyuce and Jomana Karadsheh contributed to this report.