Khashoggi's murderers must be convicted in Turkey - FM
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 23
By Rufiz Hafizoglu – Trend:
The murderers of Saudi reporter Jamal Khashoggi must be convicted in Turkey as the crime occurred in the Turkish territory, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said.
Cavusoglu noted that Turkey doesn’t intend to raise this issue in an international court, Turkish media reported Oct. 25.
“Saudi Arabia doesn’t deny the fact of Khashoggi’s murder, but at the same time, his body hasn’t been found yet,” said Cavusoglu.
Earlier, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the murderers of Khashoggi must be convicted in Turkey.
Although Khashoggi was killed in the consulate general of Saudi Arabia, the crime was committed in Turkey, which makes Ankara pay more attention to this, he said.
“Considering that Khashoggi was brutally murdered, Saudi Arabia must do everything possible to find and punish the criminals,” Erdogan said.
The authorities of Saudi Arabia claim that the body of the killed reporter was handed over to someone in Turkey, Erdogan noted.
“If Saudi Arabia claims that the body of Khashoggi was handed over to someone, that person’s name should be revealed,” Erdogan said.
On Oct. 2, Khashoggi, known for his criticism of the policy of Riyadh, disappeared when he visited the consulate general of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, where he came to obtain documents for registration of marriage with a Turkish citizen. A few days later, the Turkish police launched an investigation into the disappearance.
On Oct. 20, the Saudi authorities reported that Khashoggi was killed as a result of a conflict in the consulate general.
The Attorney General of Saudi Arabia Sheikh Saud al-Muadjib said 18 nationals of the country are under investigation, whose identities have not been revealed.
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