Saudi Arabia not fully cooperating with Khashoggi investigation, Turkish official says
Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, leaves his country's consulate in Istanbul, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018. (Can Erok/AP) October 31 at 8:18 AM
ISTANBUL â" Saudi Arabiaâs public prosecutor has not provided his Turkish counterparts with the location of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggiâs body, or the identity of a âlocal collaboratorâ who Saudi authorities have asserted helped dispose of Khashoggiâs remains, a senior Turkish official said Wednesday.
Since the prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, arrived in Turkey on Monday, âSaudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetratorsâ i n Khashoggiâs killing, said the official, who requested anonymity to discuss private law enforcement contacts.
âWe did not get the impression that they were keen on genuinely cooperating with the investigation,â the official said of the Saudi delegation.
Mojebâs visit came just days after Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman hailed the âuniqueâ cooperation between Turkey and Saudi Arabia in the investigation into the killing of Khashoggi, who was last seen entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.
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Turkey says members of a 15-man hit team, dispatched from Saudi Arabia, killed Khashoggi inside the consulate.
Saudi Arabia has provided shifting explanations about what happened to Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who had written opinion columns criticizing Mohammed. Saudi authorities have acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed in th e consulate but blamed the murder on agents acting outside the stateâs authority.
Turkish officials, including President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have repeatedly complained that Saudi Arabia is hampering the investigation by refusing to provide critical pieces of information, including the location of Khashoggiâs body. Turkey has also requested the extradition of 18 suspects who the Saudi government says have been arrested in Saudi Arabia in connection with the case.
Mojebâs talks with Turkish officials continued into the early hours of the morning Wednesday, Turkish media reported, with the Saudi prosecutor paying a midnight visit to the National Intelligence Agency branch in Istanbul.
The killing has unleashed a storm of criticism, causing Germany to suspend export licenses to the kingdom and placing President Trump in a quandary. In addition to being a major purchases of American weapons, Saudi Arabia sits at the heart of the administrationâs foreign po licy in the Middle East.
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Trump has said he is ânot satisfiedâ with Saudi explanations of Khashoggiâs death. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has warned that the crisis could affect regional stability. But there are few indications that Khashoggiâs death will fundamentally alter the relationship between the two nations.
Reports from Riyadh suggest that the royal family is closing ranks in an attempt to protect itself from any fallout.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Wednesday that his government would take ânecessary measuresâ against those responsible for the journalistâs death. âSo long as those who are responsible and the circumstances around the killing are not made public, released and evaluated, we will go on demanding the truth,â Le Drian told RTL radio.
Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered four weeks ago. Weâre still waiting for answers.
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