Saudis must say who ordered killing: Erdogan

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan urged Saudi Arabia last Friday to disclose who ordered Mr Khashoggi's murder, as well as the location of his body, heightening worldwide pressure on the kingdom to come clean on the case.

"Who gave the order for 15 people to come to Turkey?" he said, referring to a 15-man Saudi squad that allegedly flew into Istanbul hours before the killing.

An activist, wearing a mask depicting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, holds up his hands, painted with fake blood as he protests the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, during a candlelight vigil outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018.

The kingdom has said that his killers were rogue agents who exceeded their authority and will be punished.

After three weeks of shifting Saudi accounts around the incident, the kingdom this week acknowledged that the killing was "premeditated", citing evidence from investigating Turkish officials.

Jamal Khashoggi was a journalist who strongly criticized Saudi politics, especially Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman.

"Failure of any nation to adhere to global norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most".

On Thursday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed Trump about her recent trip to Turkey, where she listened to purported audio of Khashoggi's killing.

The murder has sparked an worldwide crisis for Saudi Arabia, whose official narrative changed again on Thursday, when a Saudi public prosecutor admitted the murder appeared to have been premeditated.

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In particular the Washington Post , Khashoggi's former employer, has criticised the Saudi response in numerous fiery editorials . The Saudi attorney general said Thursday that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder .

The killing took place inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Oct. 2-and at the hands of USA ally and major arms buyer Saudi Arabia.

This month, President Donald Trump said Saudi Arabia's King Salman might not last two weeks without the USA, escalating pressure on the Saudis to curb rising oil prices and to pay for military protection.

Turkish Hurriyet newspaper reported that the police tried to empty the water from a well located in the residence, but the Saudi authorities refused to allow access to firefighters because they did not appear on a previously agreed list of names. She called for an worldwide investigation.

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against the growing Iranian influence in the Middle East but Khashoggi crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West.

Khashoggi - a Washington Post contributor and critic of the crown prince - was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

"Our Secretary of State has already revoked visas and will be taking additional measures", Mattis announced.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan made fresh demands on Saudi Arabia to disclose the location of the journalist's body.

One week after the Saudis admitted culpability for his death, the U.S.is weighing further action against its partner, despite its importance to the Trump administration's foreign policy.

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