Saudi regime critic Jamal Khashoggi was allegedly murdered. The Turkish president is now officially accusing the Saudi government. All information in the news blog.
Jamal Khashoggi was missing since October 2, after entering his country's consulate in Istanbul. Meanwhile, it is clear: He has not left the house alive. Khashoggi has been killed there.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks of a planned brutal murder and refers to the findings of his investigators. Follow the latest developments in the news blog.
++ 2nd of November: Erdogan: Murder command came from highest place ++
The killing of Khashoggi has been ordered by the highest level of government in Riyadh, according to Turkish President Recep Tayyip. In a guest post for the Washington Post, Erdogan writes: "We know that the perpetrators are among the 18 suspects arrested in Saudi Arabia, and we know they came to execute their orders: killing and killing Khashoggi."
And further: "After all, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government," added Erdogan. At the same time, he does not believe "for a second" that the Saudi king gave Salman the order.
++ 2nd November: Khashoggi's body probably dissolved in acid ++
After the murder, the body of Khashoggi has been dissolved according to recent Turkish information in acid to cover all traces. This was confirmed by the Turkish presidential adviser Yasin Aktay of the newspaper "Hürriyet". But investigators had found biological evidence in the garden of the Saudi consulate.
++ October 31: Turkish justice calls the cause of death ++
Jamal Khashoggi has been strangled by the Turkish judiciary shortly after entering the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul. Subsequently, the 59-year-old has been dismembered, said the Istanbul prosecutor. Talks with the Saudi Attorney General on the case have not produced "concrete results" in recent days.
++ October 27: Riad refuses to extradite suspects ++
Saudi Arabia does not want to extradite the suspects arrested in the Khashoggi case to Turkey. These are Saudi citizens, Riad Foreign Minister Adel al-Dzhubir said on Saturday at a conference in Bahrain's capital Manama. "They are detained in Saudi Arabia, the investigation takes place in Saudi Arabia and they are being prosecuted in Saudi Arabia," he added.
Turkey had demanded the extradition on Friday of the 18 suspects arrested in connection with Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul in early October.
On Thursday, Saudi Arabian Prosecutor General's Office, referring to the Turkish investigation, had described the killing of Khashoggi for the first time as a deliberately planned act. The official Riyadh version of the death report said Khashoggi had died during a "fist fight" during a visit to the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul. However, this presentation is highly questioned internationally.
Saudi Arabian Attorney General Saud bin Abdullah al-Muadschab will travel to Istanbul on Sunday to discuss the case with his Turkish counterpart, Irfan Fidan.
Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubair has described the discussion about Khashoggi's death as "hysterical". The people would blame Saudi Arabia for the killings, even before the investigation is over, said the Kingdom Foreign Minister on Saturday at a security conference in Bahrain. He promised that those responsible would be held accountable.
October 27: Police union wants to end cooperation with Riyadh ++
Following the killing of Saudi journalist Khashoggi, the federal police union demands an immediate end to German police cooperation with Saudi Arabia. "You must not disregard moral aspects in such operations," said union leader Ernst G. Walter the "Handelsblatt". Therefore, he considered "an immediate withdrawal of our Saudi Arabian colleagues and the cessation of state support not only right but also urgent."
According to the Federal Ministry of the Interior, since 2009 the Federal Police have been supporting Saudi Arabia with training and advice on the modernization of border patrol. In Riyadh there is therefore a "project office" with five federal police officers. 70 officials have already been deployed there this year. Currently there are no trainings.
Union leader Walter declines to resume training. "The monstrous events and the obvious involvement of Saudi authorities in the security sector exclude, in my opinion, further cooperation between the Federal Police and Saudi Arabian security forces in the very long term," he told the newspaper.
++ 4.40 pm Betrothed: Khashoggi was friends with Erdogan ++
The murdered Saudi government critic Jamal Khashoggi was, according to his Turkish fiancé, a friend of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. That's what Hatice Cengiz said in a long and emotional television interview with the channel Habertürk. Erdogan's government has been putting heavy pressure on Saudi Arabia for weeks.
Cengiz said she wanted to live with Khashoggi in Istanbul and the United States. For the wedding, he needed confirmation that he was divorced. Before a first visit to the consulate in the week before his death, he had been very worried. "You could see that," Cengiz said. But he was relieved to come out again and was pleased with the kindness he had received at the consulate. He had been told to come back on the 2nd of October, until then he wanted to prepare his documents.
Contrary to earlier accounts, the killed journalist's fiancé said that Khashoggi had not been worried about his second visit to the consulate. Actually, he even wanted to go alone, but a feeling told her she had to go along. When he did not come out, she got scared. "When I understood what was going on, I started shaking, I was incredibly afraid, I felt too weak, I'll never forget that fear," she said. 25 days have passed since then and she has since "died every day".
++ Erdogan: Riad is to divulge the murderer ++
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is calling on Saudi Arabia to raise awareness about the cause of murder of Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who died in Istanbul. In addition, must be disclosed where his body is, said Erdogan on Friday in front of members of his AK party. The government in Riyadh had to divulge the identity of the "local employee" who had taken over the corpse after the crime.
Turkey has more information in the case than it has released so far. On Sunday, the responsible Turkish prosecutor will meet with his Saudi counterpart in Istanbul.
++ 9:42: Khashoggi's son allegedly flown to the US ++
The son of killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has allegedly left the kingdom and is said to have entered the United States. The station CNN reported that he had arrived in the United States after lifting his exit ban, relying on a source from the family environment. Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi therefore has both the Saudi citizenship and the USA.
A few hours earlier, Human Rights Watch's director of the Middle East and Africa division, Sarah Leah Whitson, wrote on Twitter that Khashoggi's son had left Saudi Arabia for the US after lifting the exit ban and family.
++ Friday, 7:35: Austria calls for the end of arms exports to Saudi Arabia ++
Following the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, calls for a Europe-wide halt to arms exports to the kingdom are growing louder. Austria's Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl campaigned for such an arms embargo and referred in particular to the Yemen war and the actions of Saudi Arabia against Qatar.
++ 20.45 Clock: Merkel calls on Saudi king education on Khashoggi killing ++
Chancellor Angela Merkel has demanded from Saudi Arabia a comprehensive investigation of the circumstances of the death of the dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The exact crime must be cleared up and all those responsible should be held accountable, said Merkel in a telephone conversation with the Saudi King Salman on Thursday, according to the federal government.
The Chancellor called on Saudi Arabia to ensure a swift, transparent and credible education, the Federal Press Office said. In the light of the ongoing developments in the case, Germany stands ready to take "appropriate measures" together with international partners, Merkel continued, without further explanation.
The federal government has already announced a temporary approval stop for arms exports to Saudi Arabia. Already approved exports are checked.
++ 19:11: Companions of Khashoggi gather to vigil in Istanbul ++
Relatives and companions of the killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi gathered on Thursday for a vigil outside the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. Dozens of people participated in the event. They demanded justice and recalled Khashoggi, who had been killed in the consulate about three weeks ago.
According to a correspondent of the news agency AFP, the participants lit candles. They were Khashoggi's relatives and other journalists. These now joined together to form an association of friends of Jamal Khashoggi. The vigil was their first action.
"In this place where Jamal died, we find that we can not accept a compromise (…) and will not remain silent about trying to deny the guilty party of justice," said Ayman Nour, patron of an oppositional Egyptian television station.
++ 12.41 clock: Saudi Arabia now speaks of intentional killing ++
The government-critical journalist Jamal Khashoggi has been deliberately killed, according to a Saudi Arabian prosecutor. The investigations would now continue on the basis of findings obtained by the joint investigation team, he told al-Echbarija state broadcaster.
Saudi Arabia had admitted after the disappearance of Khashoggi only after weeks of denial that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate of the country in Istanbul. Turkish President Erdogan spoke on Tuesday about a brutal, planned murder.
++ 09.52: Saudi Crown Prince jokes about abducted Lebanon Premier ++
Mohammed bin Salman has a strange sense of humor. At the major investor conference in Riyadh, the Saudi Crown Prince allowed himself a dubious joke at the expense of his guest, Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri – the Hariri, who had been arrested in Riyadh a year ago and had declared his resignation completely unexpectedly – presumably under pressure from the sheikhs. Only at the initiative of France did Hariri decide to stay in office.
So, now that Salman is making a joint appearance, Hariri stays two days longer than planned in his kingdom, and then joked, "I hope there are no rumors about his kidnapping." The audience hooted, Salman and Hariri shook hands laughing.
Hariri has both Lebanese and Saudi Arabian citizenship and has supported the leadership in Riyadh.
++ Thursday, 06.32 clock: Macron calls the Saudi king – and threatens ++
French President Emmanuel Macron has confirmed in a telephone conversation with Saudi King Salman the threat of sanctions against the accused in the Khashoggi case. France would not hesitate to take such measures in consultation with its allies, said the Élysée Palace after the telephone conversation with. In it Macron has expressed his "deep indignation" about the crime and demanded its full enlightenment. He also reminded the king "of the fundamental importance of freedom of expression, freedom of the press and civil liberties in France".
++ Wednesday, 17:38: Bin Salman calls Khashoggi's death "vile incident" ++
Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has now spoken at the investor conference in the Saudi capital Riyad for the Khashoggi case. The heir to the throne described the violent death of the journalist as a "heinous incident". The deed was nothing to justify and "painful" for all Saudis. Saudi Arabia is taking all steps to complete the investigation into the case and bring the "criminals" to justice. Beforehand, bin Salman had talked to the Turkish leader Erdogan about the case.
++ 17:05: Crown Prince breaks silence ++
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke on Wednesday with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. As the presidential office in Ankara announced, they talked by phone about "the necessary joint efforts and steps to clarify all aspects of the killing of Jamal Khashoggi." It was her first phone call since the act.
The Crown Prince himself broke his silence at the Economic Forum in Riyadh. He condemned the killing of Khashoggi as a heinous crime. The deed is unjustifiable and painful for all Saudis. Bin Salman agreed to enlighten the case, "Justice will prevail." These were the first public statements of the heir to the throne since Khashoggi's death.
++ 3.45 pm: Germans against business with the Saudis ++
In the light of the Khashoggi case, a majority of citizens argue that German companies should not do business with the Saudi Arabian government. 65 percent of respondents said in a Civey survey for the "world" accordingly. Just over every fifth (22 percent) sees no problems. Broken down to supporters of individual parties, the rejection is highest among the electorate of leftists (83 percent) and Greens (77).
++ 15:27: France threatens sanctions ++
In the case of the killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, France is threatened with sanctions against Saudi Arabia for the first time. Before that happens, however, the facts and responsibilities of Saudi Arabia must have been clearly demonstrated and confirmed by French intelligence services. Government spokesman Benjamin Griveaux said Wednesday in Paris. "I'm surprised that the debate is only about the issue of arms sales," said Griveaux. The topic is more comprehensive. What sanctions Paris could impose, he left open.
However, in the case of the journalist who was killed, France wants to do without snap shots: no hasty decision will be made, said the office of President Emmanuel Macron.
++ 3:20 pm: Police are not allowed to search Consulate Fountain ++
Saudi authorities have allowed Turkish investigators access to a well in the Consulate's garden to find traces of the slain government critic Jamal Khashoggiden. Previously, they had the police in two missions in the consulate at the well not let down, as the state news agency Anadolu reported, citing security circles. After several reports in government-related Turkish media, the permit was issued only on Wednesday afternoon. Investigators had twice searched the Saudi Consulate General in Istanbul last week and once searched the Consul's residence. It is unclear what they found.
++ 1.45 pm: London withdraws the visa ++ from suspects
After the US, the UK is also suspects in the case of the killed Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi with entry barriers. The Saudi Arabian suspects in the case would be revoked the visa, said British Prime Minister Theresa Mayam Wednesday in London. "If these people currently have a visa, it will be revoked today."
++ 1.25 pm: Iran: US is partly to blame for the death of Khashoggi ++
Iranian President Hassan Ruhani blames the US for the death of the Saudi journalist. "I think that no country dares to do so without the backing of the United States," he said Wednesday at a televised on state television cabinet meeting. Ruhani also called for a complete investigation into the case: the US and the EU must not covet in front of Saudi Arabia. The case must be cleared up and should not be hushed up for economic reasons, said Ruhani on Wednesday. The investigation of this terrible crime is therefore "a test for the Americans and Europeans, whether for them human rights or billion in profits are more important." Iran and Saudi Arabia are considered arch-enemies.
Ruhani criticized that Riad still receives much support from the US. Saudi Arabia is an important and longtime ally of the United States in the Middle East. In Saudi Arabia, "with this support, a political group is so sure that it has no qualms about such an unimaginable and cruel crime," Ruhani said. US President Donald Trump has condemned the killing of Khashoggi – as far as the possible leadership responsibility in Riyadh is concerned, his course is less clear.
++ 1.20 pm: Erdogan promises no cover-up in the Khashoggi case ++
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan does not want to allow the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be hushed up. Turkey will ensure that the "murder" of Khashoggi is not obscured, Erdogan said on Wednesday in a speech in Ankara. Both the person who gave the order and those who carried out the murder could not escape justice.
The day before Erdogan had described the death of Khashoggi as a "brutal murder" carried out by a Saudi special command. However, he did not name details in his worldwide acclaimed speech.
11.25 clock: CIA boss has seen murder shoots ++
Turkey has informed CIA chief Gina Haspel, according to a Turkish newspaper, about the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The pro-government newspaper "Sabah" reported Wednesday that the Turkish intelligence agency MIT has shown video and audio recordings to Haspel during a visit to Ankara, sharing with them the evidence gathered during the search of the Saudi Arabian consulate and the Consul's residence.
Turkish media has been reporting for weeks that the investigators have soundtracks and images from the consulate, proving the killing of the "Washington Post" columnist. However, the government in Ankara has not confirmed this, and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has not mentioned the existence of such recordings in his speech on the Khashoggi case on Tuesday. If such recording exist, it is unclear how the investigators got there.
11.24 am: Tusk: hypocrisy would bring shame on the EU ++
EU Council President Donald Tusk has called for unconditional clarification in the case of the slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "It was such a terrible crime that even the smallest hint of hypocrisy would bring shame on us," Tusk said Wednesday in the European Parliament in Strasbourg. It was not up to him to decide who would protect his interests in the case. "But I know one thing: the only European interest is to reveal all the details of this case – no matter who's behind it." The EU and its institutions are unlikely to be involved in "any dodgy game," warned Tusk.
++ Wednesday, 9:45 am: Trump calls Khashoggi's death "the worst coverup in history" ++
Because of the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi For the first time, the US has taken consequences and imposed visa bans on 21 Saudi Arabians. The US announced further measures against the desert state. US President Donald Trump described the killing of the anti-government journalist who lived in the US and the subsequent cover-up by the Saudi Arabian authorities as a total fiasco. "That was the worst cover-up ever."
++ Tuesday, 6:42 pm: billionaire deals at investor conference in Riyadh ++
Despite the developments in the case of the killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi, billionaire deals are closed at the investor conference in Riyadh. On Tuesday, Reuters signed contracts worth more than $ 50 billion. "Great, more people more money," Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman celebrated the deals.
Numerous high-ranking guests had canceled their participation in the high-level meeting in advance. Nevertheless, in the sectors of oil, gas and transport extensive contracts were sealed, as government officials said. Among others, South Korea's carmaker Hyundai, the American oilfield equipment supplier Schlumberger and the French oil company Total.
Visitors to the investor conference in Riyadh: Completed billions of euros. (Source: Amr Nabil / AP / dpa)
Saudi energy giant Aramco has just signed 15 deals worth more than $ 34 billion. Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser missed by an insider that the cancellation of his visit, the signing of a potentially billion-dollar power plant contract of the Gulf State.
++ 18.10 clock: G7 Foreign Minister call for Riyadh ++
In a joint statement, Federal Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) and his colleagues from the G7 group demand further clarification from Saudi Arabia in the case of Khashoggi. The statements made so far by Riyadh left "many questions unanswered," the statement said. Saudi Arabia must enable a "credible, transparent and swift investigation" and hold those responsible accountable.
++ 18.07 clock: Khashoggi's computer found? ++
According to a media report, Turkish investigators have found personal belongings of the killed journalist while searching a Saudi Arabian diplomatic vehicle in Istanbul. In two suitcases in a vehicle with Saudi Arabian diplomatic license plate were among other things a computer and documents of Khashoggi stowed, reported the transmitter CNN Turk.
Other media reported the find, but stressed that there was initially no official confirmation that the seized documents were actually Khashoggi. Previously, there had also been reports of finding parts of the body of Khashoggi, which was denied by official bodies.
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Turkish investigators were accompanied by Saudi Arabian experts during a search in a parking lot in the Sultangazi district, a Reuters reporter reports. The search was interrupted by afternoon CNN Turk and should continue on Wednesday.
++ 17:28: US Vice President Pence – Washington will vigorously pursue
US Vice President Mike Pence has announced in Wahington that his government will vigorously demand answers in the Khashoggi case from the Saudi leadership. The Turkish findings on the case "are in complete contradiction" with the previous remarks from Riyadh, he stressed.
++ 17.02 clock: Erdogan Khashoggi's family condolences ++
Turkish President Recep Tayyip told the killed journalist's family in a telephone conversation that he had "deep sadness" over the death of Khashoggi, state news agency Anadolu reported. He assured that everything would be done to solve the murder.
Erdogan had described the death of Khashoggi in a morning speech as a "barbaric murder" planned and executed by a 15-member special force.
++ 16:34: Police also denied finding body parts ++
According to a Turkish TV report, the police in Istanbul contradicts a message from the broadcaster Sky News about the alleged finding of Khashoggi's body parts. The search for the lifeless body continues, it was said.
++ 16:23: Khashoggi's son meets Crown Prince Salman ++
Bizarre scenes in the Saudi royal palace: Three weeks after the violent death of Jamal Khashoggi, the ruling family invited relatives of the killed journalist to Riyadh. Khashoggi's brother and son Salah met King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the heir to the throne suspected of being responsible for the death of the exiled regime critic.
According to the Saudi state news agency, the relatives said thank you for their condolences. One week ago, Khashoggi's children demanded an international investigation into the case of their dead father. An independent and objective team had to clear up the circumstances for disappearance and the reports on killing the journalist, the family said.
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++ 15.19 clock: Turkey searches the house of a suspected offender ++
Turkish security forces searched a mansion near Istanbul while searching for traces. Forty police officers spent forty-two hours in the three-storey house in Yalova Province on Tuesday, Hurriyet reported. According to the building is a member of the 15-member special command that should have killed Khashoggi.
According to local media, a minivan with members of the alleged killers team was sighted the day Khashoggi's disappearance in the area, Hurriyet said. The district is popular with Arab tourists due to its beautiful nature and well-known wellness centers.
++ 14.52 Clock: contradictory information on found body parts ++
Currently there are contradictory reports circulating on an alleged finding of parts of the body of Jamal Khashoggi. The British broadcaster Sky News reports, citing unspecified sources, that remains of the Saudi journalist were found on the consulate in Istanbul.
This contradicted the Turkish news channel "TRT World". He cited sources in the investigating prosecutor in Istanbul, according to which no body parts were found on the consulate.
++ 14.01 clock: Rheinmetall pushes the ball to the policy
The German arms producer Rheinmetall leaves the question of consequences from the Khashoggi case rather the German policy. "Rheinmetall basically does not comment on issues that have to be assessed and decided on the political level," Georg Restle from the ARD magazine Monitor quotes the company.
We have #Rheinmetall asked what consequences they have from the case #Khashoggi regarding their arms exports #Saudi Arabia pull. The answer: "In principle, Rheinmetall does not comment on issues that have to be assessed and decided on the political level."
– George Restle (@georgrestle) October 23, 2018
++ 13:28: SPD parliamentary vice – Merkel's handling of case Kashoggi shameful ++
Rolf Mützenich, vice-chairman of the SPD parliamentary group, has accused the Chancellor of having put too long a focus on German economic interests towards Saudi Arabia. It was "shameful" that only the murder of Khashoggi led to a rethinking of the federal government in the arms sales to the Gulf monarchy, said Mützenich the Bavarian radio. "I would have liked more critical sounds much earlier."
11:53 clock: Erdogan wants to make suspects in Turkey the process ++
The Turkish president demanded that the 8 Saudi Arabian suspects in the case of Khashoggi be brought before courts in his country. Erdogan said he was "confident" that Saudi Arabia's King Salman would cooperate in the investigation. Anyone who "played a role" in the killing of the Saudi Arabian journalist should be punished.
++ 11.48 clock: Erdogan sees strong evidence of contract killing ++
The Turkish president said Turkey has "strong evidence in hand" that would support the version of the contract killing. Contrary to expectations, Erdogan did not reveal groundbreaking new details.
The case Khashoggi: Saudi government representative portrays new version. (Source: Reuters)
++ 11:45 am: Erdogan – "Murder" Khashoggis was "planned" days in advance ++
According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has fallen victim to a "brutal murder". He was "planned" days in advance, Erdogan said in a speech to his parliamentary group in Ankara. From Saudi Arabia he demanded clarification, "who gave the order for the crime" and where the body of Khashoggi is.