Published: Mon, November 05, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

Son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi expresses 'faith' in Saudi investigation

Son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi expresses 'faith' in Saudi investigation

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly killed and dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Confirming a report in Turkey's pro-government Sabah newspaper, the official said the chemist and toxicologist were tasked with erasing evidence before Turkish investigators were given access to the Saudi consulate and consul's residence.

After a weeks-long denial, Saudi Arabia admitted on October 25 that the journalist had fallen victim to a premeditated killing in the building.

"But most concerning is the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", he said, urging Saudi Arabia to "ensure comprehensive and transparent investigations into the murder" and to make sure "those responsible are held to account, and that measures are put in place to prevent any possibility of recurrence".

Salah Khashoggi, 35, said he relied on news reports for updates about the investigation into his father's death.

Istanbul's chief prosecutor, who is leading the investigation, announced last week that Mr Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the USA, was strangled immediately after he entered the consulate.

The top Turkish official, presidential adviser Yasin Aktay, believes that Jamal Khashoggi's body was dissolved in acid after being cut up to leave no trace behind.

During Monday's review, Western countries especially voiced outrage at the killing, with many calling for a "credible" and "transparent" investigation, and some, like Iceland and Costa Rica, going further and demanding an worldwide probe.

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He told the hearing that King Salman had instructed the Saudi public prosecutor to "proceed with the investigation into this case according to the applicable laws" with a view to establishing the facts and "bringing all the perpetrators to justice".

Turkish media have pointed the finger at powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and analysts have said Ankara is keen to have the heir sidelined from the nexus of power in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia has been castigated over its dismal human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council, as the Arab kingdom faces a torrent of widespread global condemnation over the "premeditated" gruesome killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul last month.

But he pointedly failed to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of responsibility for unleashing a "death squad" against the outspoken Saudi journalist.

Khashoggi was killed inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul by a team sent from Riyadh on 2 October, a murder Turkey's president said was ordered from "the highest levels" of Saudi Arabia's government.

'I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon, ' he said. Saudi officials reportedly considered him part of the Muslim Brotherhood, an Egyptian political organization that some countries consider a terror group.

The kingdom maintains that Khashoggi's body was wrapped in a rug and disposed of by a "local collaborator" who has not been identified.

Egypt's ambassador Alaa Youssef praised Saudi Arabia's efforts to confront terrorism and radicalism.

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