Saudi Vows To Prosecute Khashoggi's Killers, Defends Rights Record At UN

Cheryl Sanders
November 5, 2018

"We believe that the two individuals came to Turkey for the sole objective of covering up evidence of Jamal Khashoggi's murder before the Turkish police were allowed to search the premises", a senior Turkish official said, asking not to be named.

Turkey's chief prosecutor said last week that Khashoggi was strangled as soon as he entered the consulate and also confirmed the body was dismembered.

The government labelled it a corruption crackdown, but critics said it was an attempt by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman -- heir to the Saudi throne -- to sideline his potential rivals and consolidate power.

Members of a team from Saudi Arabia sent to help Turkish authorities investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked instead to remove evidence of the slaying, a senior Turkish official said Monday.

Turkish and Saudi officials have carried out joint inspections of the consulate and consul's residence in Istanbul, but President Tayyip Erdogan says some Saudi officials are still trying to cover up the crime.

Khashoggi's body has not been recovered and Saudi authorities are conducting an official investigation amid reports that the body was dismembered and dissolved in acid.

Khashoggi was critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "This is what we are seeking answers to now", Fuat Oktay told Anadolu news agency.

Saudi Arabia had refused Turkey's requests to search the diplomatically-protected consulate until October 17, when they finally allowed it.

Delegations have been grilling Saudi Arabia on its human rights record at the United Nations in Geneva as it faces a torrent of global condemnation over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking at a regular review of the kingdom's record by the U.N.'s top human rights body, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban, the president of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, emphasized that the monarchy had ordered an investigation to "bring the perpetrators to justice in order to bear the fact to the public".

"The killing of Jamal Khashoggi has left the kingdom of Saudi Arabia in its weakest diplomatic position since the horrific terror attacks of September 11", Ali Shihabi, head of the pro-Saudi ArabiaFoundation think tank, wrote in a report published on Friday.

"All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi (cemetery) in Medina (Saudi Arabia) with the rest of his family", Salah Khashoggi said.

Khashoggi, a permanent US resident who was living in Virginia, was critical of the Saudi government.

Salah said that charges that his father was a supporter of the Muslim Brotherhood organization were not true.

Khashoggi's murder has saved a lot of lives in Saudi Arabia, since just a couple of weeks before his death, the Saudi government was planning to behead a lot of Saudi activists, Almoayyad said.

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