Erdogan says top Saudi officials ordered Khashoggi hit

By Servet Gunerigok

WASHINGTON (AA) – Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday said the order for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing came from the top levels of the Saudi government.

In an opinion piece published in The Washington Post, Erdogan said Turkey knows the perpetrators are among the 18 suspects detained in Saudi Arabia.

"We also know that those individuals came to carry out their orders: Kill Khashoggi and leave. Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government," said Erdogan.

Khashoggi, a Saudi national and columnist for The Washington Post, disappeared Oct. 2 after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to receive paperwork he needed to get married.

Once inside, he was immediately strangled and then dismembered, according to the Istanbul Prosecutor’s office.

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