Dec 02, 2018 11:25 Asia/Tehran

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the country has not received any response from Riyadh about the whereabouts of the corpse of the murdered Saudi journalist, "Jamal Khashoggi".

Iran Press/ Asia: Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the G20 summit in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Erdogan said that the fate of Khashoggi's corpse remains a mystery, Iran Press News Agency reported.

Turkey's president also slammed Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for his denial of Saudi Arabia's links to the grisly murder of the dissident journalist, accusing the Kingdom of turning a blind eye to those involved in the Istanbul assassination."

"Saudi authorities are not adequately cooperating on Khashoggi case, and Ankara's questions from Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir in this regard remained unanswered," Erdogan reiterated.

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He also told the audience there is evidence to show journalist Khashoggi had been choked to death in 7.5 minutes at Saudi Arabia's Istanbul Consulate on October 2nd. 

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The Turkish president also said that the Islamic world and global public opinion would not be satisfied until all those responsible for murder of the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor are revealed.

He accused the Saudi authorities of contradictions and lies, of changing their story and refusing to share information with the Turkish investigation. He said Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman had given world leaders at the G20 summit an "unbelievable explanation" of the situation, by arguing that Saudi Arabia could not be blamed unless the crime was proven.

Erdogan also demanded again that Saudi Arabia extradite the suspects in the slaying, saying that a trial in the kingdom was not satisfactory. Saudi authorities previously refused such a request.

Khashoggi, 59, an outspoken critic of Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after he entered the Saudi diplomatic mission in the Turkish city on October 2 to complete some paperwork for his forthcoming marriage.

However, as diplomatic pressure grew tremendously on Riyadh to give an account on the mysterious fate of its national, in an unexpected statement last month, Saudi Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb admitted that Khashoggi had been killed in a “premeditated” attack in the consulate.

Khashoggi's killing has put mounting pressure on Riyadh and "Mohammad Bin Salman", who Turkish officials - and reportedly the CIA - have concluded was behind the critic's death.


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