Yesterday, Saudi prosecutors said Jamal Khashoggi’s killing was premeditated, citing Turkish evidence and changing the country’s account once again to try to ease international outrage over the slaying of the journalist. But, speaking at a meeting of the provincial leaders of the Justice and Development (AK) Party in Ankara today, Erdoğan responds quizzically: “So, where is Khashoggi’s body then? And who ordered the Khashoggi’s killing?
Erdoğan adds cryptically that Turkey has other “information and evidence” about the killing by Saudi officials after Khashoggi entered the consulate on Oct. 2, and it will eventually reveal that information. This comes after bin Salman seemed to turn his foreign policy on its head, in order presumably to please Erdoğan, after having talked with him in a phone call he had insisted on making.
The process of “death by a thousand cuts” continues unrelentingly, as the Turks seek to accumulate legally obtained evidence to match the intelligence data inadmissible in a court of law that they had from the start. The policy of gradually leaking the intelligence data to the press has so far been successful in pushing Saudi Arabia along in its multiple contradictory denials and admissions in the past 3 weeks. More to come as bin Salman writhes.