Turkish President Calls Khashoggi Death ‘Premeditated Murder,’ Challenging Saudi Account

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan offered his strongest denunciation yet of Saudi Arabia and what he says was their role in the death of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

In an address to his nation’s parliament Tuesday, Erdoğan called the killing a “premeditated murder” and refuted Saudi Arabia’s contention that Khashoggi died in a scuffle at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul earlier this month, the New York Times reported.

“It is clear that this savage murder did not happen at the drop of a dime but was a planned affair,” said Erdoğan, the paper reported. The Turkish strongman has spent the last two weeks leaking ever more gruesome details of the killing which has played a significant role in driving the story forward.

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