Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying perpetrating such a “heinous” crime would have been impossible without the support of the United States, a close Riyadh ally.
“No one would imagine that in today’s world and in this century, we would witness such an organized murder, with an apparatus organizing such a heinous killing,” Rouhani told a cabinet meeting, referring to the findings in the case of Khashoggi, who entered the Saudi consulate on October 2, but never emerged.
A Turkish investigation has found that Khashoggi was murdered inside the diplomatic mission.
In a belated acknowledgement, which followed repeated denials, the Saudi regime finally admitted that Khashoggi, a supporter-turned-critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had been killed. Members of bin Salman’s inner circle have been blamed for the Washington Post columnist’s death.
Ankara is now working to find out the details of the death, including who ordered the murder and how exactly it was perpetrated.