Saudi Crown Prince's uncle returns to Riyadh after absence

Saturday, 03 Nov, 2018

"Erdogan clearly seems to believe that he can use the Khashoggi crisis as a way to cut Prince Mohammad bin Salman, and by extension, Saudi Arabia, down to size", Heras added.

She said: "Our pain is still as fresh as the first day". The Turks added that the Saudi prosecutor also said no statement had been made by Saudi authorities about the existence of the purported local cooperator.

The story was undercut by footage, which Erdogan confirmed, of a Saudi official acting as a body double for Khashoggi, wearing the journalist's clothes when leaving the consulate to pretend to be the dead man.

Nicholas Heras, an analyst at the Center for a New American Security, said the Khashoggi case was the "latest chapter in Turkey and Saudi Arabia's ongoing contest over which country is better" to lead the Muslim world. This is what is understood from the prosecutor's statement, said Aktay, as per AFP.

After initially denying Khashoggi had been murdered, the Saudi government claimed he died in an unplanned "rogue operation".

Unnamed Turkish official who listened to an audio tape that apparently recorded the torture had revelled that Kasogi's body was cut into pieces after he was killed on October 2.

Saudi Arabia has faced a torrent of global condemnation over the killing of the royal insider-turned-critic.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia over the journalist's slaying. However, as worldwide pressure increased, Riyadh admitted that the killing was an error, carried out by rogue elements.

"The UK needs to completely re-appraise its relationship with Saudi Arabia, moving on from its failed softly-softly "engagement" approach to one where ministers raise human rights openly and frankly with their counterparts in Riyadh".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and Istanbul's chief prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, separately called on their Saudi counterparts to identify the collaborator this week.

Saudi Arabia faces sharp criticism from the worldwide community in the wake of the death.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says it may be a "handful more weeks" before the U.S. has enough evidence to impose sanctions on those responsible for Khashoggi's murder.

Anonymous Saudi officials have pushed a theory that Jamal Khashoggi's body was rolled up in some kind of fabric and given to a Turkish coconspirator. "Precisely for these reasons, we thought it was wise to accept the invitation we received from the Kingdom, issued more than two months ago, to come as evangelicals to engage in a dialogue".

But he has repeatedly stressed that his priority is preserving the decades-old US-Saudi alliance and protecting major arms sales to the kingdom.

"If the democracies of the world do not take genuine steps to bring to justice the perpetrators of this brazen, callous act - one that has caused universal outrage among their citizens - what moral authority are they left with?, " she asked.