A team of Saudi agents began arriving in Turkey the day before journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, and cameras at the consulate were removed, said President Tayyip Erdogan.
Erdogan, who also said the issue of diplomatic immunity would also be discussed in regards to the case, was speaking at a meeting of his AK Party in parliament. He had previously promised to detail Turkey’s investigation of the case.
Erdogan said a Saudi team of 15 entered the consulate the day of the killing, two men left attempting to impersonate the Saudi Journalist and that three men from the team went on an exploration trip to Belgrad forest in Istanbul and Yalova, a 90-kilometre (55 mile) drive south of Istanbul. Then they all departed back to Saudi Arabia.
The Turkish President stated that this was “a political murder” planned in advance by Saudi operatives as he demanded that “the person who gave the order” be held accountable.