Erdogan asks Saudis, who ordered Khashoggi killing

Oct 26, 2018, 7:27 AM EDT
(Source: World Humanitarian Summit/flickr)
(Source: World Humanitarian Summit/flickr)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday urged Saudi Arabia to disclose who ordered the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and to identify Riyadh’s “local collaborator” in Istanbul who mopped up the journalist’s remains.

Saudi Arabia, after insistently conjuring up conflicting accounts of the journalist’s disappearance and death, eventually admitted on Thursday that Khashoggi’s murder was premeditated, writes Reuters.

Addressing the parliament, Erdogan said that the 18 men detained by the Saudi authorities over the gruesome murder must have the knowledge of their local aide in Istanbul, reports The Guardian.

Riyadh, which has resolutely attempted to insulate the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, from any responsibility for the assassination is sending a public prosecutor to Istanbul to assist the probe.