Erdogan: Turkey will reveal the ‘naked truth’ about Khashoggi’s death

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Turkey’s president said he will “go into detail” on Tuesday about his country’s investigation into the death of Jamal Khashoggi after Saudi Arabia claimed the dissident journalist died after getting into a fistfight with security officers at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

“We are looking for justice here and this will be revealed in all its naked truth, not through some ordinary steps but in all its naked truth,” President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday at a rally in Istanbul.

Saudi officials initially said Khashoggi, 60, left the consulate in Istanbul unharmed after entering the building on Oct. 2.

Eighteen days later, they finally said that Khashoggi, who was critical in his writings of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, got into a fight after entering the consulate to get paperwork so he could marry his fiancee and was strangled.

Saudi officials said five top officials were fired – including the deputy intelligence chief – and 18 others were arrested because of the investigation.

But Turkish officials said a 15-member hit team arrived from Riyadh in private jets the same day Khashoggi disappeared and tortured, killed and dismembered the writer before jetting out of the country that evening.

The whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body are still unknown.

“Why did these 15 people come here? Why were 18 people arrested? All of this needs to be explained in all its details,” Erdogan said.

Istanbul’s chief prosecutor has ordered more staff members of the Saudi consulate to provide testimony on Monday, Turkish broadcaster TRT reported.

Saudi Foreign Minister Abdel al-Jubeir in an interview on Fox News blamed Khashoggi’s death on a “rogue operation.”

“The individuals did this out of the scope of their authority,” he said, distancing the crown prince from any involvement. “There were not people closely tied to him. This was an operation that was a rogue operation.”

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