| 20.06,19. 05:15 PM |
Erdogan says UN report on Saudi journalist proves Kingdom is guilty: killers to pay price
President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the murderers of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi who was killed in the Kingdom's Istanbul consulate last fall.
"[They will] pay the price and be held accountable," he said, following release of a UN report earlier today which held Saudi Arabia responsible in the murder case.
Speaking at an event in Istanbul, Erdogan said that the report proved that Saudi Arabia was guilty and had prior knowledge of the murder.
Agnes Callamard, the UN special rapporteur, said in the report that she had found "credible evidence" to further probe Saudi officials, including Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman for the journalist's killing.
Saudi Arabia has so far rejected the report.
Khashoggi, a contributor for The Washington Post, was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives shortly after he entered the country's consulate in Istanbul last October.
Riyadh offered various, conflicting narratives to explain his disappearance before acknowledging he was murdered in the diplomatic building, seeking to blame his death on a botched rendition operation by rogue agents.