Turkey slams Riyadh's 'lack of cooperation' in Khashoggi case

Turkey slams Saudi Arabia's 'lack of cooperation' in Khashoggi case
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31 October, 2018
Saudi Arabia officials are not being 'genuinely cooperative' in an investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
Saudi Arabia's consulate has been the focus of Turkey's investigation [Getty]

Turkey has accused Saudi Arabia of not cooperating in the murder investigation of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the latest public clash between the two countries.

Saudi officials have failed to "genuinely cooperate" with Turkey's investigation into the disappearance of Khashoggi, a senior Turkish official said on Wednesday.

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators," the official told AFP on the condition of anonymity. 

"We did not get the impression that they were keen on genuinely cooperating with the investigation."

Turkey is investigating the killing of Khashoggi, who disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

After evidence pointed to the leadership in Riyadh ordering the killing of Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia claimed intelligence officials sanctioned the murder of the journalist without the knowledge of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Previously, Riyadh insisted it was a kidnapping plot went wrong.

Turkish intelligence souces have repeatedly leaked information on the case, which have all pointed towards the premeditated murder of the journalist inside the consulate.

For weeks Saudi Arabia had insisted that Khashoggi left the consulate alive, although this was an account believed by few.

Despite the admission, no body has been found, with numerous theories about what happened to Khashoggi.

Khashoggi fled Saudi Arabia around one year ago and was increasingly critical about the regime in Riyadh.

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman controls most key Saudi institutions and thought to be the country's real leader, behind King Salman, ordering the detention of leading business and political figures, as well as a number of activists.

France has also been critical about the probe into Khashoggi's death, with the country's foreign minister saying "not enough" was being done to find the journalist's killer.

"This crime has to be punished and the perpetrators identified. The truth needs to come out. And today, even though Saudi authorities have admitted that there was a murder, it's not enough. The truth has not been revealed," Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian told RTL.

"The investigations need to continue. We will continue to be demanding... Depending on the results that will be announced (of the Turkish and Saudi investigations), we will implement the necessary sanctions against those guilty," he added.

"We don't rule out anything on the sanctions, in coordination with our European partners," he said.