US Defense Secretary blasts Saudi Arabia over Khashoggi death

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Khashoggi's death has brought near unprecedented global scrutiny on Saudi Arabia and its powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and the journalist's fiancee has accused the regime of a massive cover-up.

"At heart, these efforts are aiming at protecting certain people", Erdogan said today in an apparent reference to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is widely believed to have played a role in Khashoggi's death. Turkish investigators inspect a sewer near the Saudi consulate.

Cengiz later told an audience she was disappointed with Trump's response to the killing, suggesting USA business ties with Riyadh had influenced his approach to the case.

"This needs to be solved now; there is no point in excuses", Erdogan told reporters.

Khashoggi, a onetime Saudi insider and USA resident who lived in self-imposed exile for nearly a year before his death, had written critically of the crown prince in columns for The Washington Post.

Mojeb travelled to Istanbul this week after being the first Saudi official to acknowledge the killing was "premeditated" based on the results of Turkey's investigation.

The Saudi prosecutor held a second round of talks with the Turkish prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, at the court house on Tuesday. Fidan asked al-Mojeb to reveal who sent this group, according to the president. Riyadh has refused the request.

Khashoggi, 59, was an insider in Saudi royal circles before going into self-imposed exile in the United States a year ago after falling out with the crown prince.

Hatice Cengiz calls for the killers of Jamal Khashoggi to be brought to justice and notes that the Saudi royal family has not offered her any condolences.




On Monday she hit out at the US President Donald Trump's response to the murder, saying he must not let Riyadh cover up the killing'.

Speaking at a memorial in London on Monday, Hatice Cengiz expressed disappointment in the "leadership of many countries".

Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national, called out the United States commander-in-chief as she spoke at a memorial for Khashoggi in London on Monday and insisted he "help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served". He should not pave the way for a cover-up of my fiance's murder.

Trump has hedged his criticism of Saudi leaders over Khashoggi, insisting he does not want to imperil a "tremendous order" of $110 billion of weapons he says will support 500,000 U.S. jobs - figures that experts say are highly exaggerated. On October 19, after more than two weeks of denials, Saudi Arabia admitted the journalist had been killed in a brawl inside the consulate.

She called on authorities in both Turkey and Saudi Arabia to cooperate in ensuring that the full truth about Khashoggi's murder comes to light.

Turkey seems determined to keep Saudi Arabia on its toes by refusing to share all evidence on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The search for Khashoggi's body continues, after gruesome reports in the Turkish media alleged it was cut up into multiple pieces.

"Again either the Saudi foreign minister or the 18 suspects must explain who the local co-conspirators are", said Erdogan, who has indicated his country had more evidence about the killing to reveal. Let us know whoever this person is and we will find them.

Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation into Khashoggi's murder.

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