Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addressed the country's parliament on the investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
Here is an English translation of the speech. The original comments were in Turkish:
"At this point in our group meeting, I want to make a thorough evaluation of Khashoggi's investigation, after it is confirmed that he was killed. First of all, I wish to express my condolences to the deceased Khashoggi, his family, friends, the people from Saudi Arabia, where it is from, and the world of media. First, we quickly refresh our memories quickly.
"Khashoggi first goes to the Saudi Arabian consulate at 11:50 on Friday, September 28 for procedures related to marriage, it is understood that this visit is passed to the team planning the assassination, so a planning period begins for a road map Some consulate workers hurrying back to their country show that there were preparations there.
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"On October 1 at 4:30 pm, on Monday, the day before the murder, a three-person team arrives in Istanbul on a commercial flight and goes to the hotel first, then to the consulate. conducting exploratory searches in the Belgrade and Yalova Forest.
"On October 2 at 01:45, a second team of three men again arrives in Istanbul on a commercial flight and goes to the hotel, a third team of 9 people, including the generals, arrives in a private plane and He directs to another hotel In total, a team of 15 people arrived separately between 09:50 and 11:00 to meet at the consulate.
"First the hard drive was taken from the camera system at the consulate and then Khashoggi is called at 11:50 to confirm his appointment." At 13:08 the same day, Khashoggi, who returned from London to Istanbul, arrives at the building of the consulate on foot, his girlfriend is with him, and after that, nothing more was heard of him.At 5:50 PM, his girlfriend told our official authorities that Khashoggi was kidnapped in the consulate building or something bad happened to him.This, the Istanbul security officers and the police begin an inspection. "
"The investigation deepens"
"After looking at the camera records that record the area, it is clear that Khashoggi never left the consulate building.According to the Vienna agreement, which was discussed, they have diplomatic immunity. (The EU's foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini made some comments about it the other day as well, and I think that the Vienna agreement is most likely to come to the table.In the first stage, there were no procedures that could be carried out at the consulate and the consular workers.
"Then, while our intelligence and security officers are investigating the situation, the office of the attorney general and the deputy prosecutor also initiate an investigation, and as the investigation deepens, very interesting details are obtained. On the eve of The Assassination, 15 Saudi security, intelligence and forensic experts arrived in Turkey, of which six left our country at 6:20 pm on October 2 and seven at 22:50 with private planes.
"After midnight, a man who was trying to look like Khashoggi with his glasses, clothes and beard, as well as another person with him, leaves for Riyadh on a commercial flight.The day of the event, consulate workers are sent to a room with the excuse that there is supervision and the residence staff has days off for the same reason In their October 4 statement, the Saudi leadership initially rejected completely any claim that Khashoggi was killed.
|Erdogan requested that Saudi suspects be tried in a Turkish court [Ali Unal/ AP Photo]|
"In fact, on October 6, the consul general invites a Reuters correspondent and opens and closes lockers, electrical panels and doors carelessly, trying to defend himself, meanwhile, our intelligence and security officers and prosecutors are deepening its research and the attempt to discover new evidence and documents Our foreign ministry constantly discussed this issue with its counterparts and participated in the exchange of information.
"Then, there were talks with the Saudi delegation of 11 people who arrived in our country on October 11. The issue was kept on the agenda by ourselves and the global media led to the declaration of the Saudi authorities to allow our search In the first place, there are some questions that we have to ask and find answers, this happens in Istanbul, for which we are responsible and, as responsible, we have the right to question it.As the cloud slowly rises, other countries They also began to take action, and at every opportunity, we said that we would not remain silent and that we would take all the steps that our conscience and the law required. "
"Telephone call with King Salman"
"In order not to unjustly condemn anyone, we await the results of the investigation.In our first phone call with King Salman on October 14, I explained the situation according to the findings at hand.In this phone call, we agreed to form a group They worked together and, by order of the King, teams linked to the prosecutors and the police entered the consulate to carry out the searches.
Although the consul general did not allow it before, I expressed some things about his incompetence before the first delegation that came, and also before the king. As a result of this, one day after our conversation, the consul general was relieved of his duty and returned to his country. On October 18, there were inspections at the consulate once again.
"On October 19, 17 days after the assassination, Saudi Arabia officially accepted that Khashoggi was assassinated.In the statement made by the leadership, they said that Khashoggi was killed during a fight at the consulate." That same day, I had another call with Salman During the last few hours, he told me that 18 people had been arrested so far in the investigation after the murder was recognized, and that the arrested names coincide with those found by our intelligence and security officers. , plus the other three who are already working in the consulate.These developments are important for the official acceptance of the murder.On October 21, I also made a comprehensive telephone call with the president of the US Trump and agreed to clarify all aspects of this problem.
"Like Turkey, we carry out and manage all this process in accordance with international law and a state mentality, despite this, our country is being subjected to extensive campaigns to defame and corner our country and change our direction through We know for what purpose these campaigns are being carried out and by whom It seems that these attacks against the reputation of our country have not prevented and will not prevent our attempts to discover the truth.
"First of all, this murder could have taken place in the consulate building, which counts as Saudi territory, but it should not be forgotten that this is within Turkish borders." In addition, the Vienna agreement and other international laws oppose the questioning on such a cruel killing is hidden through diplomatic immunity.Of course, we will investigate and inspect this murder within our borders and we will do everything necessary.On the other hand, the fact that Jamal Khashoggi is a internationally renowned journalist, apart from his Saudi identity, also "holds us internationally responsible. Turkey, as a representative of the common conscience of the world together with its own sovereignty, is following up on this problem. "
"A planned operation"
"The findings and evidence so far show that Khashoggi was the victim of a vicious murder." Coverting a wild murder like this will only harm the human conscience, we expect the same sensitivity from all sides, mainly the Saudi leadership. important in admitting the murder.
"From now on, we hope you will discover all those responsible for this issue from top to bottom and that you will face the necessary punishments against the law." We have strong indications that the murder was the result of a planned operation, not a development. spontaneous In the light of current information, these questions continue to pose questions for all Why do these 15 people involved in the incident meet in Istanbul on the day of the murder? We are looking for answers for this. who received orders? Why was the consulate opened to the investigation days after the murder and not immediately after? Why were so many inconsistent statements made while the murder was so clear? Why the body of someone who was accepted as dead has not been found yet?
"And, if the claim that the body was delivered to a local collaborator is true, then I ask: who is this local collaborator? This local collaborator is not mentioned by an ordinary person, says the Saudi Arabian official. reveal to this local collaborator, you will reveal it.
"If these questions are not answered, no one should think that the problem will be closed." The intelligence and security institutions have evidence that the murder was planned, and once the evaluation of this information is completed, they will find their place in the prosecutor's investigation files The identification of this case in some members of intelligence and security will not satisfy us or the international community.The conscience of humanity will only be satisfied once everyone is taken into account, from those who gave the orders to those who carried them out.
"Personally, I do not doubt the sincerity of King Salman.It is very important that such a critical investigation be carried out by objective and just teams without relation to the murder.Since it is a political murder, then any other culprit and Accomplices in other countries, if any, should also be included in the investigation, I believe that this is what is required in international law, in Islamic law and in Saudi law.
"Like Turkey, we will pursue this issue until the end, we will make sure that our laws and international laws are applied, in fact, I am also making a call from here today, this call is for the king and the leadership of Saudi Arabia: where The event happened in Istanbul, therefore, these 15 + 3 people, the 18 who were arrested, must be tried in Istanbul, that's my proposal, of course, the decision is yours, but this is my proposal and demand, that this is where the event took place, that's why this is important. "