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Turkey opposition party demands probe into Khashoggi death

Consulate officers are seen at the entrance of Saudi consulate as the waiting continues on the disappearance of Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey on 14 October 2018 [Şebnem Coşkun/Anadolu Agency]
Consulate officers are seen at the entrance of Saudi consulate as the waiting continues on the disappearance of Prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Consulate General of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul, Turkey on 14 October 2018 [Şebnem Coşkun/Anadolu Agency]

The Turkish Republican People’s Party called on Friday for the formation of a parliamentary committee to investigate the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Anadolu reported.

The Deputy Chairman of the party’s parliamentarian bloc suggested that a committee be formed after he claimed that the Turkish government had not been dealing with the Khashoggi affair seriously.

He also said that the party’s call comes in order to adhere to the framework of international law and freedom of the press, as well as to preserve Turkey’s external reputation. He stressed that the parliament should deal with his suggestion “seriously” and consider it “immediately”.

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Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October and never came out again, despite Saudi Arabia initially claiming that he left the building unharmed.

On Friday, Saudi Arabia announced that Khashoggi died during a fight with officials inside the consulate, with Saudi state TV reporting that the Kingdom had dismissed a number of senior security officials over the case.

Where is Jamal Khashoggi?... - Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

Where is Jamal Khashoggi?… – Cartoon [Sabaaneh/MiddleEastMonitor]

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