‘Turkey will not allow cover up,’ says ruling party

Turkey wants to know whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body, says ruling AK party's spokesman

‘Turkey will not allow cover up,’ says ruling party

Turkey wants to know the whereabouts of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s body, the country’s ruling party said on Wednesday.

Khashoggi went missing after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2.

After initially saying Khashoggi had left the consulate alive, the Saudi administration admitted weeks later he had died there.

"We want to know where the body [of Khashoggi] is, we want that our authorities receive information about who the local collaborators are", Omer Celik, spokesman for the Justice and Development (AK) Party, said at a news conference in Ankara.

Speaking about the probe into the murder of Khashoggi, Celik said it was "not an action to be performed without instructions from a higher level".

"Turkey does not blame anyone in advance, but won't allow cover up of anything," he added.

Investigation of the incident suggests a special hit squad came to the consulate to kill Kashoggi and cover up the murder.

Meanwhile, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan stressed that all details of the case should be revealed, including who gave the instruction for the "premeditated murder".

U.S. President Donald Trump said he could impose sanctions on Saudi Arabia, but also signaled that he did not want to harm bilateral relations.

Telephoning Erdogan, Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman promised necessary cooperation.

The chief prosecutor's office in Riyadh also announced that the murder was planned.