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Turkish President and CIA set to find Khashoggi's murderer


President of Turkey Recep Tayyip Erdogan stood with new accusations against the authorities of Saudi Arabia in the case of the missing journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He demanded to send the journalist’s body to Ankara and asked a few questions - in particular, why one day before the journalist’s visit to the consulate where he was killed, all video surveillance cameras were turned off. Meanwhile, the head of the CIA, Gina Haspel, traveled from the United States to Turkey, which should help the country's authorities with the investigation.

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During the speech, the Turkish President said that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi has all the signs of a planned one. “A group of three people flew in from Saudi Arabia on October 1, one day before the incident, visited forests near Istanbul and Yalova,” he said. The next day, another 15 people flew to Istanbul with two different flights, including several officials. All of them were at the consulate during the visit of the journalist. According to the politician, judging by the information from the external cameras, Jamal Khashoggi did not leave the consulate. “Surveillance cameras inside the consulate were removed, all information from hard drives was erased,” said Mr. Erdogan.

“The murder took place inside the Saudi consulate, but it is on Turkish soil,” the Turkish president explained. “The diplomatic immunity granted by the Vienna Convention does not prevent the investigation of such crimes.”

Shortly before Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech, the chairman of the Turkish opposition party Doğu Perinçek stated that the body of Jamal Khashoggi was found in a well on the territory of the Saudi Consul General in Istanbul. However, the President of Turkey in his speech did not comment on his words.

Sources in the White House told Reuters that the director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, flew to assist Turkey in investigating the incident at the consulate of Saudi Arabia. Her trip became known immediately after US President Donald Trump announced that he was not satisfied with the version of the Saudi side about what had happened. Recall, the Saudis said that the death was an accident that occurred during the ensuing fight. In this case, Riyadh announced arrest of 18 people allegedly involved in the murder.

The king of Saudi Arabia, Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, said that those responsible for the murder of the journalist would be brought to justice.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said today during a visit to Indonesia that the kingdom “will conduct a deep and comprehensive investigation” of the incident. “We will do our best, create mechanisms so that nothing like this will ever happen again,” he promised. The country's energy minister, Khalid al-Falih, added that "the country is in crisis," and called the killing of Jamal Khashoggi "disgusting."

On Monday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the murder of the journalist a “monstrous act” and announced imposition of an embargo on the supply of weapons to Saudi Arabia before the investigation was completed. Her response has so far become the toughest: the rest of the European states confined themselves to condemning the incident, demanding an independent investigation and threats to stop the supply of arms to Riyadh.

source: reuters.com