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TURKEY COMMITTED TO BRING JAMAL KHASHOGGI’S KILLERS TO JUSTICE – ENVOY

By Nabilah Saleh

KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia Oct 26 (NNN-Bernama) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s address to parliament on Tuesday, on the brutal murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi underlines in no uncertain terms, the country’s resolve and commitment to bringing the killers to justice.

Turkey’s Ambassador to Malaysia, Dr Merve Safa Kavakci said her country’s willingness to expose the heinous crime – complemented by strong collaboration of the country’s security forces and intelligence services – helped to unravel the incident which the president himself described as a “ferocious” premeditated murder.

It is very important to know that the president addressed the international community with a very clear tone on the message of Turkey’s resolve and commitment to do whatever necessary in research, and collaboration with all parties involved to get to the bottom of this very atrocious attack and blatant murder of a civilian, journalist and citizen of this planet.

Considering the fact that we come from a tradition where killing one person is equivalent to killing the entire humanity, it is unfathomable to argue that the perpetrators of this very killing of the late Khashoggi be not brought to justice.

In this regard, I am very proud to note our security forces and intelligence services were very meticulous and comprehensive in carrying out their task to make sure that this murder, that took place at a world centre like Istanbul, did not go unnoticed, she told Bernama in an exclusive interview at the national news agency’s headquarters in Wisma Bernama here yesteray

Khashoggi, 59, a Washington Post columnist and critic of the Saudi Arabia Government, was last seen entering the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2, to obtain documents for his marriage.

Saudi Arabia initially denied knowledge of the journalist’s fate before saying he had been killed in a fight in the consulate, an explanation that drew international scepticism.

Elaborating on Erdogan’s speech presented in the capital city Ankara, Kavakci said a myriad of questions which remained unanswered until today would certainly be answered to the public and the world, accordingly.

The unanswered questions will be answered by authorities and parties involved in this case, as well as the investigators.

The results of those investigations, I am sure, at some point, will be shared with the public and the international community who are eager to know the truth. The authorities know more than we do. Thus, we will just have to be patient and trust our authorities to take charge of the matter, she added.

Pressed further on the necessity of setting up an independent investigation team on the killing, Kavakci said the matter could be discussed further when the time was right.

“I leave it to where President Erdogan has left. The ongoing investigation currently involves the Saudis and the Americans, due to the fact that the deceased was working with an American newspaper (Washington Post) and the Turkish authorities.

To date, the international media reported Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman as saying that the killing of Khashoggi inside the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul was a “heinous crime that cannot be justified”.

In his first public comments in the weeks since Khashoggi’s murder, the crown prince, known as MBS, said on Wednesday that the perpetrators would be brought to justice with the help of Turkey. –NNN-BERNAMA

Source: NAM News Network

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