BREAKING NEWS : Fort Wayne Police remain quiet days after officer shoots man Full Story
BREAKING NEWS : Family of Mario Gilmer Jr. sets up GoFundMe for funeral costs following canceled safety alert Full Story

Erdogan demands Saudi Arabia reveal the location of Jamal Khashoggi's body

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is demanding that Saudi Arabia reveal the location of Jamal Khashoggi...

Posted: Oct 27, 2018 5:27 AM
Updated: Oct 27, 2018 5:27 AM

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is demanding that Saudi Arabia reveal the location of Jamal Khashoggi's body and hand over the suspects in his murder.

Erdogan said the top Saudi prosecutor will travel to Turkey on Sunday to meet with the top Istanbul prosecutor, and argued that those responsible for killing the journalist should face trial in Turkey.

Continents and regions

Crime, law enforcement and corrections

Criminal law

Istanbul

Jamal Khashoggi

Law and legal system

Middle East

Middle East and North Africa

Misc people

Saudi Arabia

Turkey

Embassies and consulates

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Government departments and authorities

International relations

International relations and national security

King Salman

Political Figures - Intl

Recep Tayyip Erdogan

State departments and diplomatic services

Eastern Europe

Europe

Russia

Crimes against persons

Criminal offenses

Homicide

Murder

Donald Trump

Political Figures - US

US federal government

White House

Gina Haspel

"Whatever happened, it comes down to these 18 persons. If you are determined, if you want to remove the suspicion and clear the air, these 18 persons are the bottom line to this," Erdogan said Friday, addressing the provincial heads of his ruling Justice and Development Party in Ankara.

If the Saudis can't make the suspects talk, then Turkey will, he said. "The incident took place in Istanbul. So, hand them to us, and let us judge them," he said.

The Istanbul prosecutor's office submitted an extradition request to Saudi Arabia Friday for the 18 suspects linked to Khashoggi's death.

A senior Turkish official told CNN that "it is clear that the judicial system in Turkey is better equipped to genuinely serve the cause of justice in this case," and that court proceedings in Turkey would be open to international observers.

After Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi was killed October 2 in its Istanbul consulate, five high-ranking officials were dismissed, including Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's media chief and the deputy head of the Saudi intelligence service. Eighteen people were arrested.

Riyadh has maintained that neither bin Salman nor King Salman knew of the operation to target Khashoggi. US officials have said such a mission -- including 15 men sent from Riyadh -- could not have been carried out without the authorization of bin Salman, the country's de facto ruler.

Turkish officials played the purported audio of Khashoggi's killing to CIA Director Gina Haspel, according to two sources familiar with Haspel's meetings in Turkey this week.

Erdogan described some of the statements made by Saudi authorities as the Khashoggi case unfolded as "very funny" and said their strangeness had increased the Turkish authorities' responsibility to act.

"These juvenile statements do not match with the seriousness of government affairs," he said. "It is obvious that (Khashoggi) is killed. But where? Where is the body?"

He also suggested that the Turkish authorities had further significant information in their possession, saying: "It's not like we don't have other documents... Tomorrow is another day."

Fiancée: He did not want to go

Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, told Turkish broadcaster Haberturk on Friday that the journalist had been concerned about going to the Saudi consulate in order to obtain paperwork allowing him to remarry, fearing tensions might arise.

"Of course, he did not want to go," she said.

Nonetheless, he did not fear arrest, Cengiz told Haberturk, according to the Reuters news agency. "His local network in Turkey was very good as you know, his political network as well," Cengiz said. "He thought Turkey is a safe country and if he would be held or interrogated, this issue would be swiftly solved."

Cengiz said her expectation now was the same as Erdogan's: for those responsible for Khashoggi's death to be tried.

Speaking about an invitation she received from US President Donald Trump to visit the White House, Cengiz said, "The statements Trump made in the first days around his invite and the statements he made afterward opposed each other. They were simply statements to gain public sympathy."

She added that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo called her a couple of days later. "I think the call was about showing that they were serious after Trump's statements," she said.

Cengiz said nobody in Saudi Arabia had called her.

In his will, Khashoggi said he wanted to be buried in the Saudi city of Medina, she said, adding that she hoped that this would happen when his body is found. Asked if she would visit him there, her response was negative.

Saudi prosecutor: Killing was 'premeditated'

News of the Saudi attorney general's planned trip to Turkey comes a day after he said that Saudi Arabia now considered Khashoggi's killing to be "premeditated," based on information from Turkish investigators.

The statement by Attorney General Shaikh Suood bin Abdullah Al Mo'jab, posted by the state-run Saudi news agency, represented another significant shift in the Saudi version of events surrounding the Washington Post columnist's death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Riyadh initially claimed he had walked out of the consulate alive.

CIA chief Gina Haspel briefed US President Donald Trump on her findings Thursday following her trip to Turkey, where she was dispatched Monday apparently to assess information the Turks have collected on Khashoggi's killing. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Haspel listened to audio purportedly of his interrogation and murder while she was in Turkey.

The White House confirmed the briefing had taken place but gave no further details.

The UN's Special Rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, Agnes Callamard, said Friday that Khashoggi's killing had "all the hallmarks of an extrajudicial execution."

"And until I am proven otherwise, I will have to assume that this is the case," she said, speaking at UN headquarters in New York. "On the basis of what I know, it was an extrajudicial execution because the people involved... the people who orchestrated are high enough to represent the state. And there has been no information so far that they acted in a completely rogue fashion."

Callamard repeated a call for an international investigation to be carried out, given the nature of the crime and who the victim was.

Kremlin: No reason not to believe Saudis

The Saudi government has faced wide condemnation from western nations over Khashoggi's killing and its apparent cover-up. Russia, however, has yet to criticize the kingdom.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters on a conference call Friday that there was no reason to doubt what Saudi Arabia's ruling royals have said about Khashoggi's death.

Asked if the Kremlin believes the statements, Peskov said: "That is an inappropriate question, there is an official statement from the King and Crown Prince. There is no reason basically not to believe it."

Russia's position has been set out by President Vladimir Putin, Peskov said. "After the statement by the royal family, about condemning this killing and on the royal family not being involved, everything else is a question for the investigation."

Putin discussed the Khashoggi case with King Salman on Thursday, in a phone call held at the initiative of the Saudi side, the Kremlin said.

On the same day, Russia's sovereign wealth fund announced plans to bring in Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund as a new partner in its joint Russia-China Investment Fund.

France: No sanctions for now

French President Emmanuel Macron said arms sales have "nothing to do with Mr. Khashoggi" and that the two issues should not be confused during a press conference in Bratislava, where he was visiting his Slovak counterpart on Friday.

Macron later added that "It is pure demagoguery to say stop selling arms" to Riyadh and pleaded for "a European response, in all areas," but "once facts are established."

Macron again reiterated these points in a series of tweets in which he condemned the killing of Khashoggi. Later, he added that he doesn't "believe in outburst and confusion" and that "once a light is shone on this crime, we will take clear, coherent and coordinated sanctions at the European level."

On Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced that her country will halt all exports of weapons to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty surrounds Khashoggi's death.

Indiana Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 749532

Reported Deaths: 13746
CountyCasesDeaths
Marion1030911775
Lake554681006
Allen41636691
St. Joseph36947564
Hamilton36527416
Elkhart29363459
Tippecanoe22862225
Vanderburgh22542400
Porter19331325
Johnson18405388
Hendricks17588317
Clark13200193
Madison13120344
Vigo12604253
LaPorte12394221
Monroe12163175
Delaware10947198
Howard10263225
Kosciusko9614119
Hancock8549144
Bartholomew8162157
Warrick7854156
Floyd7772180
Grant7229179
Wayne7155201
Boone6917103
Morgan6736141
Dubois6211118
Marshall6206116
Cass5991108
Henry5894108
Dearborn588978
Noble580186
Jackson508674
Shelby500897
Lawrence4732121
Gibson444093
Harrison440773
Clinton440055
DeKalb438785
Montgomery434690
Whitley406042
Huntington402281
Steuben399259
Miami392768
Jasper386954
Knox375790
Putnam372160
Wabash360583
Ripley346570
Adams344955
Jefferson335685
White330253
Daviess3031100
Wells295181
Decatur289992
Greene286385
Fayette284864
Posey273735
LaGrange272872
Scott269955
Clay265848
Washington244934
Randolph244683
Jennings235149
Spencer234231
Starke227558
Fountain218647
Sullivan213943
Owen211058
Fulton201542
Jay200932
Carroll193420
Orange188055
Perry186937
Rush175726
Vermillion173644
Franklin170235
Tipton165846
Parke149016
Pike138034
Blackford136132
Pulaski120247
Newton112736
Brown103943
Crawford102316
Benton101014
Martin91515
Warren83615
Switzerland8098
Union72810
Ohio57811
Unassigned0420

Ohio Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 1107225

Reported Deaths: 20091
CountyCasesDeaths
Franklin1285061459
Cuyahoga1156322204
Hamilton812991245
Montgomery524951040
Summit48356999
Lucas43309817
Butler38903603
Stark33297929
Lorain25641502
Warren24558303
Mahoning22332601
Lake21139385
Clermont20098252
Delaware18819135
Licking16649222
Fairfield16564204
Trumbull16527479
Medina15597270
Greene15256246
Clark14223306
Wood13281197
Portage13229214
Allen11903239
Richland11598211
Miami10837223
Wayne9116222
Columbiana9023230
Muskingum8889135
Pickaway8652122
Tuscarawas8639247
Marion8635138
Erie8052164
Ashtabula7139179
Hancock6996131
Ross6934161
Geauga6832150
Scioto6530104
Belmont6149174
Union583849
Lawrence5723102
Jefferson5669158
Huron5539122
Sandusky5437125
Darke5415129
Seneca5344126
Washington5308109
Athens523360
Auglaize501687
Mercer487285
Shelby476295
Knox4568112
Madison443765
Ashland435197
Putnam4334103
Fulton431871
Defiance431798
Crawford4033110
Brown401961
Logan387377
Preble3847103
Clinton378566
Ottawa372781
Highland359465
Williams347878
Champaign343858
Guernsey324253
Jackson317554
Perry297150
Morrow291340
Fayette285350
Hardin274865
Henry273267
Holmes2699101
Coshocton268459
Van Wert247264
Adams242956
Pike242735
Gallia240550
Wyandot234556
Hocking220162
Carroll196948
Paulding176342
Meigs148240
Monroe136144
Noble135839
Harrison113738
Morgan109624
Vinton85417
Unassigned03
Fort Wayne
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 58°
Feels Like: 59°
Angola
Clear
° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 54°
Feels Like: °
Huntington
Partly Cloudy
55° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 55°
Feels Like: 55°
Decatur
Partly Cloudy
59° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 57°
Feels Like: 59°
Van Wert
Partly Cloudy
56° wxIcon
Hi: 79° Lo: 56°
Feels Like: 56°
It'll be another pleasant day with sunshine and highs in the upper 70s.
WFFT Radar
WFFT Temperatures
WFFT National

Community Events