Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi journalist's body parts found, say Sky sources

Geraldine Edwards
October 24, 2018

Father-of-three Khashoggi, entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2 in order to obtain documents for his planned marriage.

Speaking in Jakarta, Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir vowed "a thorough and complete investigation".

Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday that the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi "will not go without an American response" and that the Central Intelligence Agency director was in Turkey to review evidence in the case.

Erdogan told Turkish lawmakers that various members of a Saudi team of more than a dozen personnel, including a military general, conducted some kind of survey of a forest near Istanbul and also disabled security cameras near the Saudi consulate before Khashoggi arrived.

Local broadcaster Ahaber aired video showing crime scene investigators searching what appeared to be the contents of cases.

An Erdogan adviser, Yasin Aktay, wrote in the Yeni Safak daily that Riyadh's version of events "feels like our intelligence is being mocked". "We need answers", he said.

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"The information and evidence we have gathered until now shows that Khashoggi was the victim of a murder which was savagely planned", Erdogan said.

The Turkish president also did not mention the name of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is widely suspected of orchestrating Khashoggi's killing.

The 33-year-old prince, in an effort to outmaneuver the growing ranks of his opponents in the elite at home, is likely to push to take over the throne as early as the next few months, while King Salman, his father, is still alive, according to a specialist on the Mideast who's a close policy adviser to top Kremlin officials.

"This was an operation that was a rogue operation".

The Khashoggi case has fanned the flames of a dispute between Saudi Arabia and Canada, which escalated to new levels after Riyadh abruptly cut ties with Ottawa over its criticism of the Saudi crackdown on dissent.

He and Khashoggi's brother Sahel were also greeted by Saudi King Salman, after the royals invited them to the palace to offer their condolences. They're two young guys. Last week, they changed their story and admitted that Khashoggi had been killed by Saudi agents in the consulate.

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President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks about the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during his weekly parliamentary address, October 23, 2018, in Ankara, Turkey. The official could not answer why this happened so quickly, if the effort was to quiet Khashoggi and not to kill him.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has vowed to reveal more details about the police investigation into Khashoggi's alleged murder.

Turkey's President Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to hold those responsible for the murder to account, after promising to rival the "naked truth" about events leading to his death.

When the Saudi team left the consulate, one of the team members got dressed in Khashoggi's clothing and left the consulate, pretending to be him. On Monday, CNN released footage supplied by the Turkish government that showed the Saudis had a body double leave the consulate dressed in Khashoggi's clothes after he had disappeared. For Saudi Arabia's allies, the question will be whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

Even Trump, however, acknowledges that Kushner's work on trying to craft peace between Israel and the Palestinians has been set back by Khashoggi's death.

Saudi Arabia plays a critical role in the alliance to fight Islamic extremists.

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