Can Turkey trigger global probe into Khashoggi's murder?


The killers of U.S. journalist Jamal Khashoggi were told to listen to music while they cut him up alive, and one of them said he was enjoying it, the Turkish foreign minister said, citing an audio recording of the murder.

When asked whether this meeting would take place, Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu noted that the Crown Prince had requested a face-to-face call with Erdoğan in Argentina and that the Turkish President told him he would consider it.

On Monday, crime scene investigators using sniffer dogs and drones searched a Saudi businessman's residence and an adjacent villa during a 10-hour probe in the northwestern province of Yalova.

Officers inspected three wells in the villas' gardens, Turkish newspaper Hurriyet said, while the DHA news agency reported there were claims the buildings were illegal.

Hurriyet described Fawzan as a "close friend" of Prince Mohammed.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, writing for The Washington Post, was murdered inside Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018.

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By ruling out any role of King Salman in this murder, Erdoğan had strongly implied that the order to kill might have been issued by the Crown Prince. "It was a deliberate murder", Cavusoglu told German outlet Suddeutsche Zeitung in an interview.

'I listened to it. He was killed within seven minutes.

The Istanbul public prosecutor in charge of the investigation said on Monday that one of the Saudi suspects, Mansour Othman M. Abahussain, spoke to Fawzan on the phone a day before Khashoggi's killing.

Fawzan was not in Turkey at the time but the prosecutor believed the phone call was meant to find a way to remove or hide Khashoggi's body after its dismemberment.

Turkish officials have not said Fawzan is in any way linked to the murder and have not released any information about what, if anything, was found at the two villas.

Riyadh insists that the hit-squad that murdered a Saudi journalist in Istanbul went rogue and that the Royal family has nothing to do with Khashoggi's killing.