An anonymous Turkish official said that authorities are investigating whether the spies’ arrival had any relation with the killing of Khashoggi.
Rabat – Turkish law enforcement have arrested two spies who have allegedly confessed to working for the United Arab Emirates, reported international media.
Reuters reported that one of the two spies arrived in Turkey in October 2018 after Khashoggi was killed in Istanbul in the Saudi consulate.
The other spy arrived “later to help his colleague.”
An anonymous Turkish official said that authorities are investigating whether the spies’ arrival had any relation with the killing of Khashoggi. Police detained the spies on Monday and formally arrested them on Friday, according to AP.
“It is possible that there was an attempt to collect information about Arabs, including political dissidents, living in Turkey,” said the official.
Khashoggi was killed on October 2, 2018, when he went to the Saudi consulate to get documents for his upcoming wedding.
Turkish police never found Khashoggi’s body. Turkish police said that Khashoggi’s remains might have been dissolved in acid and poured down the drain of the Saudi consulate.
In February, the New York Times cited US officials who spoke of a damning statement from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MBS. MBS had said he would use “a bullet” on Khashoggi, who wrote critically of the Saudi government, if he refused to come back to Saudi Arabia.
The New York Times article said that “current and former American and foreign officials” relayed the conversation between Mohammed bin Salman and a top aide, Turki Aldakhil.
The conversation, which was intercepted by American intelligence agencies, dated back to September 2017.