Jamal Khashoggi

The order to murder Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi came from “the highest levels” of the Riyadh government, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday in a Washington Post op-ed.

“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.

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“Finally, we know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” he wrote.

Erdogan added that he did “not believe for a second” that Saudi’s King Salman had ordered the hit on Khashoggi, who was murdered at the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.