Ankara, Oct 23 (IANS) Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday said that the country's security services have evidence that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder was a planned affair.
He made the remarks while speaking at a parliamentary group meeting of his ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP) here, reports Hurriyet Daily News.
"Turkish security services have evidence that the murder was a planned affair. Turkey and the world will only be satisfied when all the planners and perpetrators are held to account," the President said.
"Other countries must participate in the investigation."
Erdogan claimed that Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman, first came to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on September 28 to get his marriage documents. The "roadmap" to kill Khashoggi started with this visit.
He said that a day before Khashoggi disappeared on October 2, a group of three Saudis landed in Istanbul and went to the consulate while another team visited the Belgrad Forest near the city and the neighbouring Yalova province.
"On October 2, another group came and this 15-member team went to the consulate and removed the hard disks of security cameras there. Khashoggi's went inside that afternoon and never appeared again while his fiancee waited outside," Erdogan said.
It was later found that 15 Saudis including intelligence officers and forensics experts came to Turkey ahead of Khashoggi's visit.
"I spoke to (Saudi) King Salman on October 14 and formed a joint investigation team. This is how our officials could enter the consulate and the consul's residence... Seventeen days after the killing, Saudi Arabia admitted that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate.
"We held another phone call and they told us that 18 Saudis, including people from the 15-member team we exposed, were arrested in Saudi Arabia," he added.
The President said that information and evidence show that Khashoggi fell victim to a brutal murder.
"We have strong evidence that the killing was intentional, not accidental. Now we expect them to punish all those who played a part in the murder."
New Delhi, Oct 23 (IANS) The major reason for the crisis being faced by banks is the absence of a developed bond market in the country, the official auditor said on Tuesday.
Speaking at the launch of the Indian School of Public Policy here, Comptroller and Auditor General Rajiv Mehrishi maintained that the root-cause of the banking crisis was neither the scams nor the non-performing assets (NPAs) but a result of state-run banks being constrained to lend for long-gestation projects, many of which had stalled due to various factors.
"Of course, the thefts, the NPAs have all contributed to the banking crisis, but it originates elsewhere...India has no bond market, so banks have been forced to lend for long-gestation infrastructure projects which have then run into trouble," he said.
"The absence of a bond market has been the major cause of the country's banking crisis."
The gross NPAs in the Indian banking system have accumulated to a staggering Rs 10 lakh crore, around 90 per cent of which is accounted for by state-run banks.
"This asset-liability mismatch is due to the lack of debate on public policy in India," the CAG said.
On the various scams in public sector banks that have come to light, the national auditor held the banking regulator Reserve Bank of India responsible for the systemic lapses.
"What was the regulator doing all this time...is he, or is he not, accountable for the lapses that led to the scams," Mehrishi asked.
Industry chamber Assocham said earlier this month that the successful resolution of the NPA issues through the new Insolvency and Bankruptcy Code (IBC) will help deepen India's corporate bond market that is highly concentrated in AAA-rated bonds.
Citing its study jointly conducted with rating agency Crisil, the industry chamber had said: "India's corporate bond market, which contributes 17 per cent to the country's GDP and is highly concentrated in the AAA-rated bonds, is expected to change once the IBC brings about successful resolution of stressed assets in a time-bound manner."
It said that countries like Brazil, Russia, China and the UK had taken steps to reform the bankruptcy laws which, along with other structural reforms, led to a significant growth in the corporate bond market within their financial markets.