Turkish president: Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was ‘ferocious,’ ‘planned’

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Turkey's president suggested Tuesday that he might formally ask for the extradition of the 18 men Saudi Arabia is holding responsible for the killing of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The Oct. 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was "premeditated", Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Tuesday.

Republican Sen. Rob Portman of OH said Tuesday that if the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is implicated in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, he should be removed from his country's line of succession.

Khashoggi was last seen alive entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Notably, the Post has demanded sanctions not against Saudi Arabia as such, but against "MBS and his cutthroats".

A spokesman for Turkey's ruling Justice and Development Party said Monday that Khashoggi's murder was "complicated" and "monstrously planned".

Investors from outside the kingdom and local individuals accelerated sales as volatility surged amid escalating concerns tied to the government's potential involvement in the death of Khashoggi after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month.

Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan is shedding light on his government's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Trump has said there would be consequences if Saudi Arabia was found to be responsible for Khashoggi's death, but also made it clear he has no intention of doing anything that would affect lucrative arms deals.

"As we all know these are hard days for us in the kingdom of Saudi Arabia", Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih told attendees seated in an ornate hall during the opening of the conference in Riyadh.

That leaves open questions such as whether the Saudi operation in Istanbul was always meant to result in Khashoggi's death or whether the original plan was to kidnap and transport him to Saudi Arabia.

The Saudi journalist who had permanent residence in the United States was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey at the beginning of October.

"We have strong signs that this murder did not stem from a momentary incident, but it is rather a planned operation", Erdogan said in Turkish.

Kushner declined to say whether he believes Saudi Arabia's account that Khashoggi died accidentally inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. "To cover up such savagery would hurt the human conscience", he said.

Prince Mohammed smiled and took selfies with delegates during his 15-minute appearance on the opening day of the three-day Future Investment Initiative (FII), which is aiming to project the historically insular Gulf kingdom as a lucrative business destination. Reuters said on Monday that Saud al-Qahtani, an influential adviser to Bin Salman, participated in a Skype call to the room in the consulate where Khashoggi was held, telling the team to "bring me the head of the dog".