Riyadh 'stalling' Khashoggi probe amid calls for credible investigation

Saudi Arabia 'stalling' Khashoggi probe amid calls for credible investigation
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14 October, 2018
Saudi authorities are stalling about setting a date for when investigators can search their consulate in Istanbul, where journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared earlier this month.
Khashoggi went missing when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul [Getty]

Saudi authorities are stalling about setting a date when investigators can search their consulate in Istanbul, where journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared earlier this month.

Turkish sources told Al-Jazeera on Sunday that investigators' requests have repeatedly been ignored by their Saudi counterparts in a joint investigation into Khashoggi's fate.

"The Turkish team have inquired more than once for an appropriate date to search the consulate and the nearby house of the consul but have yet to receive a response," the sources said.

On Sunday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Riyadh was failing to cooperate in the probe.

"We still have not seen cooperation in order to ensure a smooth investigation and bring everything to light. We want to see this," Cavusoglu said.

He said Riyadh must let Turkish "prosecutors and experts enter the consulate" to carry out their investigation.

The reports of Saudi authorities hampering the investigation come as Britain, France and Germany called for a credible investigation into Khashoggi's disappearance.

The EU countries made the demand in a joint statement on Sunday.

"There needs to be a credible investigation to establish the truth about what happened, and - if relevant - to identify those bearing responsibility for the disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, and ensure that they are held to account," they said.

While expressing support for joint Saudi-Turkish efforts to look into his disappearance, they said the Saudi government must provide "a complete and detailed response", indicating that such a message had been conveyed "directly" to Riyadh.

Khashoggi, a vocal critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, went missing when he visited the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish officials fear Khashoggi was killed and dismembered, allegations Saudi officials call "baseless" but provide no counter-evidence to explain his fate.