Turkey, Istanbul – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday that the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned by Saudi officials days earlier.
Addressing the legislators of the dictator AK party in the capital ankaraErdogan detailed the disappearance and murder of Khashoggi, but did not go so far as to accuse the Saudi royalty of the "wild" Kill that has caused global outrage.
"On September 28, Khashoggi arrived at the Saudi Arabian consulate for him to resolve the wedding papers," Erdogan said during the speech in the Turkish parliament.
"It seems that at that moment they [Saudi Arabian officials] He began planning a road map for his murder, "adding that some officials left Turkey and traveled to Saudi Arabia," indicating that they planned the murder. "
Erdogan called the murder "political murder" and urged that crime partners in other countries should be included in the investigation.
After intense global pressure, Saudi Arabia admitted last week that Khashoggi was killed in his Istanbul consulate on October 2 as a result of a "fist fight" during interrogation.
The Turkish leader said Khashoggi's murder was "savage," adding that Turkey will continue its investigation until all questions have been answered.
"Because they [the Saudi team] "Come to Istanbul, under the instruction of who," Erdogan said, adding that Saudi Arabia should make it clear why Saudi Arabia did not allow investigators to enter the consulate until days later.
Galip Dalay, visiting scholar at the University of Oxford, told Al Jazeera that Erdogan's speech on the case is important for several reasons.
"The most important thing is that Erdogan confirmed everything we heard through other channels, but now it is no longer attributed to anonymous Turkish officials, but it is the president of Turkey who confirmed what happened," Dalay said..
Where is the body
Erdogan also demanded answers about what happened to Khashoggi's body, mentioning reports that a local cooperator allegedly removed Khashoggi's body.
"Where is the body? There are claims that your body has been handed over to a local person, but who is this local person," Erdogan asked.
"Nobody is allowed to think that this case will come to an end without answering all these questions," he added.
The Turkish president also said that Saudi Arabia was taking the right measures by working with Ankara in the investigation and arresting 18 people, 15 of whom traveled to Istanbul the day Khashoggi was killed.
Dalay, who is also a nonresident member of the Brookings Institution Doha, said Erdogan made a "distinction between King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman."
"Everything Erdogan provided pointed to the MBS without specifically naming the Crown Prince," adding that Erdogan was clearly trying to avoid a full-blown crisis between Ankara and Riyadh.
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Khashoggi, 59, Washington Post columnist and critic of the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate on October 2.
So far, Erdogan had remained largely silent on the case, although Turkish officials have leaked information detailing a 15-member Saudi Saudi team that probably carried out the assassination.
Saudi authorities arrested 18 people in connection with the killing and fired senior security officials considered close to bin Salman, widely known as MBS.
Turkish officials suspect Khashoggi body It was cut, but the Saudi official said it was rolled up in a carpet and handed over to a "local cooperator" for disposal.
On Sunday, speaking in an exclusive interview with Fox News, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, said the killing of Khashoggi at the Saudi consulate was "a terrible tragedy" and that Mohammed bin Salman had nothing what to do with that
Taha Ozhan, research director of the Ankara Institute, told Al Jazeera that he believed Erdogan was taking the right steps.
"The Saudis know very well what Turkey knows, and what Erdogan has been doing is right, that is, asking the Saudis to cooperate fully in this case."