The "savage" murder of Jamal Khashoggi was planned in advance by a Saudi Saudi squad that deactivated the closed circuit television at the Istnabul consulate before killing the writer and handing over his body to a local repairman, the Turkish president said.
In an explosive speech, Recep Tayyip Erdogan said there were strong signs that Saudi officials had planned to assassinate the dissident journalist days before his death on October 2.
A Saudi team that included & # 39; intelligence, security, and forensics personnel & # 39; was seen entering the building where Khashoggi disappeared, Erdogan said, while some officials were seen beforehand when exploring a nearby forest.
The revelation will fuel speculation that the team was exploring an area where they could potentially get rid of a body.
Erdogan called for 18 people so far detained in Saudi Arabia to be tried in Istanbul, but said blaming some intelligence members for the murder would not satisfy Turkey.
Speaking to members of his AK Party in parliament, he also questioned why a body had not yet been discovered and asked Saudi Arabia to reveal the identity of a "local cooperator" who allegedly took the body.
Erdogan (pictured) said he was going to "go into detail" about a case that shocked the world and raised suspicions that a Saudi squad planned Khashoggi's assassination after he entered the consulate on October 2, and then tried cover it up
Skepticism intensified in the face of Saudi Arabia's story that Khashoggi (pictured) accidentally died at his consulate in Istanbul
The 64-year-old had previously said he would reveal the "naked truth" about a case that has shocked the world and generated suspicions that a Saudi squad planned Khashoggi's murder and then tried to cover it up.
Just three hours before Erdogan was expected to deliver his speech to the ruling party's legislators, an important Saudi investment forum was opened under the strong shadow of the assassin after the key delegates withdrew.
Skepticism intensified in the face of Saudi Arabia's story that Khashoggi died accidentally at his consulate in Istanbul.
Top Turkish officials have said that Turkey would clarify exactly what happened to Khashoggi and a series of leaks to national and international media has increased the pressure on Saudi Arabia.
After initially denying any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate, the kingdom gave a new story on Saturday, saying he died in a "fistfight."
Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudis were arrested and several senior intelligence officials were fired for the murder, but critics argued that the punishment was designed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's heir, of all responsibility.
Erdogan promised earlier that the case "will be revealed in all its nakedness" in a speech before members of the ruling party.
The Turkish Foreign Minister, for his part, said that his country would cooperate with international organizations if they launched an independent investigation into the killing of the Khashoggi.
This morning, the Saudi Foreign Minister said the investigation into the murder will produce the truth about what happened. Adel al-Jubeir also promised that mechanisms will be established so that "something like this can not happen again."
A harsh critic of Saudi Arabia's crown, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Khashoggi, disappeared after entering the Saudi Arabian consulate (pictured) in Istanbul on October 2 to compile a document for his next marriage
In an interview with state agency Anadolu, Mevlut Cavusoglu also said that Turkey has not shared evidence about his death at the Saudi consulate with any country, but added that there may be "an exchange of views among intelligence organizations" .
US President Donald Trump said on Monday he is not satisfied with the explanations he heard about Khashoggi's murder and is awaiting reports from United States personnel returning from the region.
& # 39; Let's get to the bottom of this. We have people in Saudi Arabia now. We have people of superior intelligence in Turkey. They will return tonight or tomorrow, "Trump told reporters at the White House before leaving for a political rally in Texas.
A high-profile economic forum in Saudi Arabia began on Tuesday in Riyadh, the kingdom's first major event on the world stage since Khashoggi's assassination.
The Future Investment Initiative forum, a creation of Prince Mohammed, aims to attract more foreign investment to the kingdom and help create desperately needed jobs for its young population.
Prince Mohammed was not in the forum when he started.
On Monday, a filmed surveillance video showed a man leaving the diplomatic post hours after Khashoggi disappeared at the consulate, apparently wearing the columnist's clothes as part of a macabre deception to sow confusion about his fate.
The new video aired by CNN, as well as the report of a pro-government Turkish newspaper that a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage made four calls to the royal office from the consulate almost at the same time, put more pressure on the kingdom.
US President Donald Trump (right) said he was not "satisfied" with Riyadh's explanation of the death of the Washington Post collaborator in a case that has tarnished the image of the powerful crown prince of the Saudi crown (left)
Meanwhile, Turkish investigators from the crime scene invaded a garage Monday night in Istanbul, where a Saudi consular vehicle had been parked.
Meanwhile, the Foreign Minister of Saudi Arabia said that the investigation into Khashoggi's murder would produce the truth about what happened and that his country was committed to ensuring that the investigation is thorough and complete and that the truth is revealed and that the responsible to be taken into account.
Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir in Indonesia also promised that mechanisms will be put in place so that "something like that will not happen again."
The assassination of the Washington Post collaborator has damaged the international reputation of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has spearheaded a campaign of reform in the kingdom.
Who was credited with the key changes, including giving women the right to drive, but is now accused of ordering Khashoggi's murder, a claim that Riyadh denies.
Reports in pro-government Turkish media have suggested that he was slowly strangled in an operation by a 15-person assassination squad. But these claims have not yet been confirmed in the file and the remains of Khashoggi have not been found either.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Berlin would not export arms to Riyadh "in the current situation", despite the approval of arms exports of 416 million euros ($ 480 million) in the month past, despite the approval of Germany in 2018.
Although he also retired from the Davos-style summit, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met with the crown prince behind closed doors for bilateral talks in Riyadh today. The director of the CIA, Gina Haspel, went to Turkey, although the details of her trip were not immediately clear.
Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, (pictured) said she had given him her two cell phones and left him instructions to wait for him and to call an assistant to the president of Turkey if he did not reappear.
CCTV images have surfaced showing a Saudi intelligence officer dressed in a fake beard and the clothes and glasses of Jamal Khashogui (left) on the day the journalist disappeared.
A car belonging to the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul was found in the Sultangazi district of the city today. The station NTV and other local media said that the police would register the vehicle
The White House adviser and Trump's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, who is believed to have close ties to the crown prince, said he had urged him to be "totally transparent," stressing that "the world is watching."
Speaking in Jakarta, Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, promised "a thorough and comprehensive investigation." He said that procedures would be established to "ensure that something like this never happens again."
Omer Celik, spokesman for Erdogan's ruling party, said the killing "was planned in an extremely savage manner," and that "there has been a great effort to whitewash this."
Some of the consulate employees who gave testimony to Turkish prosecutors said they had not had a vacation the day Khashoggi was killed, despite reports in the local media, and finished working at 3:30 p.m.
Employees were also quoted as saying that they did not "see or hear" any sound related to a fight despite Riyadh's claims that Khashoggi died during a "fight".
Erdogan has stopped until now to point directly at Riyadh. Analysts say he would rather authorize the leaking of incriminating information to government media to put pressure on the kingdom.
He has twice held telephone conversations with King Salman about the crisis, interpreted by some as an attempt to put aside the old son of the Saudi monarch, Prince Mohammed.
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