Feb 09 2019

Turkey prevented cover-up of Khashoggi murder, says justice minister

Turkey precluded the cover-up of the dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi by the kingdom, pro-government newspaper Milliyet quoted Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gül as saying.

“Turkey has prevented the covering up of the murder. The murder was intended to be covered up and to be imputed to others. Turkey has upended all these intentions and revealed all the efforts,” the justice minister said  during a visit to Turkey’s Bars Association on Saturday.

Gül’s comments follow the conclusion of a United Nations-led inquiry this week which found that Saudi officials planned the murder of Washington Post contributor Khashoggi.

“Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia,” Agnes Callamard, U.N. special rapporteur for extrajudicial summary or arbitrary executions, said in a statement issued in Geneva, Switzerland on Thursday.

“Woefully inadequate time and access was granted to Turkish investigators to conduct a professional and effective crime-scene examination and search required by international standards for investigation,” Callamard said.

The killing of Khashoggi, known for his criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, at Saudi Arabia’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 provoked widespread international condemnation and tarnished the crown prince, who was known for his reformism.

Turkey had made great efforts and proved success by using both judicial and administrative means in reveal the truth against the violation of a right to life and human rights, Gül said.

“I hope that this report will further increase the awareness of the international community and facilitate for all of the perpetrators and accessories to be revealed,’’ Gül added.