Turkish FM Says Government Has More Information About Khashoggi Killing

The killing has already severely tarnished Saudi Arabia’s global reputation.— File

The killing has already severely tarnished Saudi Arabia’s global reputation.— File

Meanwhile, Turkey's foreign minister has claimed a 15-man Saudi team that flew to Turkey before the killing of Jamal Khashoggi must have been acting on orders.

The official confirmed a report in Turkey's Sabah newspaper that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators that arrived in Turkey nine days after Khashoggi was killed to take part in a joint Turkish-Saudi probe included experts on chemistry and toxicology who were reportedly charged with obfuscating the evidence.

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. The two men traveled to Turkey for the sole goal of covering up evidence of the killing before Turkish police were allowed to search the premises, the official said.

Saudi officials initially insisted Mr Khashoggi had left the consulate, but later said he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

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However, as diplomatic pressure grew tremendously on Riyadh to give an account on the mysterious fate of its national, in an unexpected statement last month, Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in a "premeditated" attack in the consulate. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried to prod Saudi leaders to acknowledge what he says is their role in the death.

Khashoggi was a former insider in Saudi royal circles who went into self-imposed exile in the U.S. past year.

Jamal Khashoggi disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

In their first interview since their father was murdered, Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi said that the past few weeks have been painful for them as they continue to wait for more information on the death of their father. "This will happen. Otherwise Saudi wouldn't have started an internal investigation", Salah said.

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During the hearing, France's ambassador Francois Rivasseau called on Saudi Arabia to "immediately halt imprisonment and arbitrary arrests" of journalists and activists, and to guarantee freedom of religion.

The latest reports about Khashoggi's death come on the same day Saudi Arabia is appearing before a United Nations human rights panel in Geneva. "Without due orders and permissions, 15 people can not come from Saudi Arabia to kill their own citizen", Cavusoglu said.

Bandar bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, the Saudi delegation chief and president of Saudia Arabia's Human Rights Commission, responded, "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already expressed its regret and pain for the death of Jamal Khashoggi. It's easier to stick a label on him", Abdullah said.

"We just need to make sure that he rests in peace", Salah Khashoggi said of his father.

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