Turkey Adopts ‘Drip-Drip’ Tactic in Saudi Murder Case

Turkey Adopts ‘Drip-Drip’ Tactic in Saudi Murder Case

In addition to dismissing the Saudi version of events, Erdogan says the 18 people under arrest in Saudi Arabia in connection with Khashoggi's death should be returned to Turkey to stand charges.

Worldwide skepticism intensified after Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi died in a brawl.

Erdogan's address coincided with the opening of the Future Investment Initiative, a glittering gathering under the auspices of the crown prince that is aimed at showcasing oil-rich Saudi Arabia as a moderate high-tech mecca.

"President Erdogan's statement this morning underscores the fact there remain questions which only the Saudis have the answers to", Prime Minster Theresa May's spokesman said. "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".

"And I am not satisfied with what I have heard".

After over two weeks of vehement denials, Saudi Arabia on Friday night admitted Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.

Following the move, Saudi Arabia expelled the Canadian ambassador and recalled its envoy after severing business ties with Ottawa over claims of interference in its internal affairs.

Back on Saturday, Freeland had noted that the Saudi explanations on the death of Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul lacked credibility and consistency. But he pointedly did not mention Crown Prince Mohammed, saying that the order to kill Khashoggi must have come from high up within the Saudi government.

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Erdogan did not directly implicate crown prince Mohammed bin Salman or any other top Saudi official, but he called on Saudi Arabia to extradite more than a dozen suspects to Turkey as the first step in an investigation.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "savagely planned" by the Saudis. The newspaper said Trump declined to say whether he believed the crown prince's denials.

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) said on Sunday that the Monarch, Salman bin Abdulaziz, and his son, Mohammed bin Salman, telephoned Salah Jamal Khashoggi to express their condolences, reports Efe news.

At the opening of the conference, meanwhile, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih described the journalist's killing as "abhorrent".

Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan is shedding light on his government's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

In the past weeks, Turkish media and officials speaking to global media have claimed that audio recordings prove Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated although no concrete evidence of their existence have emerged.

Before Erdogan's announcement, top Turkish officials said Turkey would clarify exactly what happened to Khashoggi as pressure increased on Saudi Arabia, which is hosting a glitzy investment conference this week that many dignitaries have chose to skip because of the scandal. In a remark clearly pointed by omitting any mention of MBS, he said, "I do not doubt the sincerity of King Salman".

Al-Falih said that, despite the ongoing "crisis" due to the case, the ambitious reforms that Saudi Arabia is undertaking would continue.

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