Saudi Journalist Khashoggi's murder: What we know so far

Gina Haspel

Gina Haspel

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan also said Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor will arrive in Turkey on Sunday as part of the investigation and will meet with Turkish counterparts.

Turkey has other "information and evidence" about the killing by Saudi officials after Khashoggi entered the consulate on October 2, and it will eventually reveal that information, Erdogan said without elaborating.

Earlier, Turkey's justice ministry had said that the Istanbul prosecutor's office prepared a request for the extradition from Saudi Arabia of 18 suspects in Khashoggi's murder.

She said she had not been contacted by Saudi officials and that she was unlikely to go to Saudi Arabia for a possible funeral if Khashoggi's missing body is found.

Turkey wants the suspects extradited from Saudi Arabia but the Kingdom's Foreign Minister says they will be investigated and prosecuted where they are.

The shifting explanations indicate Saudi Arabia is scrambling for a way out of the crisis that has enveloped the world's largest oil exporter and a major US ally in the Middle East.

The German leader said she was prepared to take "appropriate measures together with worldwide partners" following the killing.

Mr Khashoggi, a journalist for the Washington Post and critic of the Saudi regime, went into the Istanbul consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork proving that he had divorced his previous wife so he could marry again. It was later revealed that the killing was a premeditated murder.

Cengiz said Khashoggi was concerned tensions would arise when he visited the consulate for the first time on Sept 28, but he was treated well at that visit, which appeared to reassure him, she said.

She told Haberturk she never would have let Khashoggi enter the consulate if she had thought that Saudi "authorities would hatch a plot" to kill him.

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The European Parliament on Thursday passed a non-binding resolution urging an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in response to the murder.

It took two weeks for Saudi authorities to publicly acknowledge that Khashoggi was dead.

"We need to clarify the background of this terrible crime and until that, we will not supply weapons to Saudi Arabia", she said.

"We will remain engaged in the fight against extremists as long as they present a clear and present danger to our security and allied interests", Mattis said.

So far, Trump has cast doubt on the Saudis' story of what took place, but he has refused to extend blame to the highest levels of the kingdom's leadership - King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is widely seen as the real power behind the throne and possibly the one who ordered this plot against Khashoggi.

Trump has called the Khashoggi case "one of the worst cover-ups in history".

A six-nation bloc of oil-rich Arab Gulf states, the GCC is composed of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, the UAE, Oman, Bahrain and Qatar.

"It is not that we don't have any other information or documents".

"So we are going through a challenging period in the Middle East but it is not more challenging than what we went through 30, 40 or 50 years ago", he said.

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