Turkey’s foreign minister said Wednesday that an international investigation into Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is essential.
“We will do whatever it takes to bring the murder to light. We have shown the evidence to all those who wanted to see,” Mevlut Cavusoglu told the parliament.
Turkey, calling for a United Nations probe, said that it would cooperate in an international investigation.
Jamal Khashoggi, a dissident journalist from Saudi Arabia went into a self-imposed exile to the United States one year ago when the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman started his widespread crackdown on dissenters.
The Washington Post columnist Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to get some papers for his marriage and never returned. Turkey maintained that the kingdom’s officials killed him inside the consulate which Saudi Arabia denied.
After three weeks of denial, the oil-rich country accepted that Khashoggi was indeed killed but said that the crown prince had no knowledge of the ‘rogue operation’ by 15 high profile Saudi officials who flew to Turkey the same day Khashoggi went to the consulate.
Turkish investigators, since, discovered audio recordings from the consulate which links the crown prince with the murder. Turkey shared the recording with the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency chief.
New York Times reported Monday that the recording revealed that after murdering Khashoggi, a member of the assassination squad who reached Istanbul to carry out the task, called a superior saying “tell your boss” that the mission has been completed. This “boss” is believed to be Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.