The order to kill Jamal Khashoggi “came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an opinion piece published Friday by the Washington Post.
Erdogan writes that the finding is among those uncovered by Turkey’s investigation into the disappearance of the Saudi journalist.
“Over the course of the past month, Turkey has moved heaven and earth to shed light on all aspects of this case,” Erdogan says.
These efforts have revealed that Khashoggi “was killed in cold blood by a death squad, and it has been established that his murder was premeditated.”
Erdogan says there still are other significant questions, such as where his body is and the identity of the “local collaborator” to whom Saudi officials claim to have handed Khashoggi’s remains.
While he said Saudi authorities have refused to answer those questions, “we know that 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.”