Saudi Team Arrived A Day before Khashoggi Killing, Consulate Cameras Removed: Erdogan
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – A team of Saudi agents began arriving in Turkey the day before journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, and cameras at the consulate were removed, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Tuesday.
Erdogan, speaking at a meeting of his AK Party in parliament, also said the issue of diplomatic immunity would be discussed in regards to the case, Reuters reported.
He had previously promised to detail Turkey’s investigation of the case.
Erdogan said a Saudi team of 15 entered the consulate the day of the killing, and that three men from the team went on an exploration trip to Belgrad forest in Istanbul and Yalova, a 90-kilometer (55 miles) drive south of Istanbul.
Khashoggi, who was living in Washington, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2 to get documents for his forthcoming marriage.
Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi, 59, was killed in a fight in the consulate. A Saudi official later said that 15 Saudi nationals sent to Turkey to confront Khashoggi had threatened him with being drugged and kidnapped and then killed him in a chokehold when he resisted.