Saudis ‘must co-op­er­ate’

The Weekend Post - - World -

TURKEY’S jus­tice min­is­ter has re­newed a call on Saudi Ara­bia to co-op­er­ate in the in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the killing of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi at the Saudi Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul, say­ing “no one can es­cape re­spon­si­bil­ity”.

Ab­dul­hamit Gul said yes­ter­day that Saudi Ara­bia’s top pros­e­cu­tor Saud al-Mo­jeb – who spent three days in Is­tan­bul as part of a joint Turk­ishSaudi probe – had failed to an­swer Turk­ish in­ves­ti­ga­tors’ ques­tions about the lo­ca­tion of the writer’s re­mains as well as who or­dered the killing.

“We ex­pect these ques­tions to be an­swered swiftly,” Mr Gul said. “No one can es­cape re­spon­si­bil­ity. This is­sue has be­come a world mat­ter.

“It is not an is­sue that can be cov­ered up. We want the Saudi au­thor­i­ties to en­ter into close co-op­er­a­tion with us.

“They have to sup­port (the probe) so that the en­tire in­ci­dent is brought to light.”

Is­tan­bul’s chief pros­e­cu­tor, Ir­fan Fi­dan, an­nounced on Wed­nes­day that The Wash­ing

ton Post colum­nist was stran­gled im­me­di­ately after he en­tered the con­sulate.

US Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo yes­ter­day said it would be a “hand­ful more weeks” be­fore the US has enough ev­i­dence in the case to im­pose sanc­tions on the Saudis. He said they were “re­view­ing put­ting sanc­tions on the in­di­vid­u­als that we have been able to iden­tify”.

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