Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Finance | By Kristine Clayton

Erdogan: Khashoggi killers won't escape justice

Erdogan: Khashoggi killers won't escape justice

Saudi Arabia's crown prince on Wednesday denounced the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and vowed justice would prevail.

Hours earlier US President Donald Trump, in his toughest comments yet, told The Wall Street Journal that the crown prince bore ultimate responsibility for the operation that led to Khashoggi's killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"Those behind this crime will be held accountable ... in the end justice will prevail".

That comment contradicts Saudi accounts that Khashoggi, a USA permanent resident and Washington Post columnist who had written critically of Saudi Arabia's crown prince, died accidentally in a "fistfight" in the consulate.

Pompeo added that the USA would "continue to explore additional measures to hold those responsible accountable" for the heinous murder and cover-up later of the Washington Post columnist.

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Worldwide business leaders have pulled out from attending the summit over the killing.

Saudi Arabia has admitted he was killed there, but Khashoggi's body has not yet been found.

The two discussed "the issue of joint efforts and the steps that need to be taken in order to shed light on the Jamal Khashoggi murder in all its aspects", the source added.

Jamal Khashoggi's children have been barred from leaving Saudi Arabia, according to his editor at The Washington Post.

"This brutal murder of a journalist, of an innocent man, of a dissident will not go without an American response and, I expect, without an global response", he said at an event hosted by the Washington Post. The journalist has relatives still living in Saudi Arabia and three children who hold U.S. citizenship.

"We're making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", he said.

Speaking to members of his AK Party in parliament, Erdogan said that Saudi officials began plotting against Khashoggi in late September, days ahead of his disappearance after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Khashoggi goes to the Saudi consulate for marriage-related paperwork. Turkish authorities said Saudi Arabia has now granted police permission to search a well in the garden of the consulate where Khashoggi was killed, after Riyadh had previously refused to allow a search.

When Pompeo spoke to reporters upon returning from Saudi Arabia last week, he took only two questions and gave few details about his meetings there.

The death of Khashoggi, a U.S. resident and Washington Post columnist, has sparked global outrage and threatened relations between Riyadh and Washington as well as with other Western nations.

Turkish officials suspect Mr Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the consulate by Saudi agents.

He has been widely accused of ordering the murder of the journalist, who was a critic of the ruling House of Saud and the Crown Prince's record in particular.

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