The EU’s top diplomat Federica Mogherini said on Thursday all those “really responsible” for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi have to be held accountable.
“Those responsible, really responsible for this terrible murder have to be accountable,” Mogherini told a news conference in Ankara with Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu.
Calling for a “completely transparent and credible investigation”, she said: “For us accountability does not mean revenge.”
Khashoggi, a US resident who wrote for The Washington Post and had been critical of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was lured to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2, killed and according to Turkish prosecutors dismembered.
After lengthy denials, Saudi authorities admitted responsibility and said 21 people had been taken into custody. However, a CIA analysis leaked to the US media went further, reportedly pointing the finger at the crown prince.
“We’ve always been against for instance any application of death penalty but we expect in line with our principles, values, practices on judicial systems full investigation, transparent and fair to take place,” Mogeherini said.