Turkey: Saudi "investigators" were actually scrubbing evidence

Geneva Stokes
November 7, 2018

"Without due orders and permissions, 15 people can not come from Saudi Arabia to kill their own citizen", Mevlut Cavusoglu said during a visit to Japan.

"This 15-man team did not come to Turkey on their own, they came on orders".

The two experts, whom the newspaper described as "cleaners", reportedly visited their country's consulate every day for a week, before leaving Turkey on October 17.

They said the fact that a clean-up team was dispatched suggested Khashoggi's killing "was within the knowledge of top Saudi officials".

Two sons of killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi want his body to return to Saudi Arabia for burial.

Saudi officials say they do not know the whereabouts of his body, but that it was dumped with the help of a local collaborator, whose identity they have yet to disclose.

Son - whose company has heavily invested in real estate companies like WeWork, Katerra and Lemonade -condemned the attack, but said his company has a "responsibility" to continue to invest the Saudis' funds.

The boycott comes a few days after the Washington Post published Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's op-ed in which he specifically urged Riyadh to answer key questions on the death of Saudi journalist and Washington Post contributor Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul last month.

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"We have to find out who gave these instructions".

Saudi Arabia's conflicting accounts of Khashoggi's killing have prompted an worldwide outcry against the world's top oil exporter, upending the young crown prince's global image as a reformer.

The Washington Post previously reported that Turkish officials were pursuing a theory that the 59-year-old's remains were dissolved in acid in the consulate or at the nearby consul general's home.

Bandar Al Aiban, the head of Riyadh's delegation, told the United Nations hearing that King Salman had instructed the Saudi public prosecutor to "proceed with the investigation into this case according to the applicable laws", and "bringing all the perpetrators to justice". "It's easier to stick a label on him", Abdullah said.

Ankara has also demanded Riyadh cooperate in finding Mr Khashoggi's body, with Istanbul's chief prosecutor saying it had been dismembered.

"All persons involved in that crime will be prosecuted", he said, stressing that "the investigation is continuing in line with our domestic laws". On Monday, a Turkish official said that at least two members of a team that Saudi Arabia sent to investigate Khashoggi's killing were actually there to cover it up. "I talked about this with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it will happen soon".

According to Reuters news agency, Saudi Arabia is aiming to reduce the amount of crude it burns at home to generate electricity to allow it to sell more of it overseas.

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