WASINGTON: The order to murder Saudi journalist and regime critic Jamal Khashoggi got here from “the very best levels” of the Riyadh authorities, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stated Friday in a Washington Post op-ed.
“We all know that the perpetrators are among the many 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia. We additionally know that these people got here to hold out their orders: Kill Khashoggi and depart,” he wrote.
“Lastly, we all know that the order to kill Khashoggi got here from the very best ranges of the Saudi authorities.”
Erdogan added that he did “not consider for a second” that Saudi’s King Salman had ordered the hit on Khashoggi, who was murdered on the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Journalist Jamal Khashoggi was strangled as quickly as he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after which “lower into items”, Turkey’s chief prosecutor stated Wednesday, making particulars of the murder public for the primary time.
A press release from the office of prosecutor Irfan Fidan stated conferences together with his Saudi Arabian counterpart, who visited Istanbul this week, had produced “no concrete outcomes” on the killing, which it stated was premeditated.
Khashoggi, a 59-year-old Washington Publish contributor, was murdered after coming into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to acquire paperwork forward of his upcoming marriage ceremony. His physique has not been discovered.