Published: Mon, October 22, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Saudi Crown Prince extends his condolences to family of late Jamal Khashoggi

Saudi Crown Prince extends his condolences to family of late Jamal Khashoggi

They said the "hypotheses" proposed so far in the Saudi investigation need to be backed by facts to be considered credible.

Journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during an interview at an undisclosed location in this image made from a March 2018 video provided by Metafora Production.

Turkish pro-government media say a hit squad traveled from Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after he entered the building on October 2.

Riyadh has said Khashoggi died in its Istanbul consulate after a fistfight, but many of America's Western allies are not convinced.

Speaking at an event in Istanbul on Sunday, Erdogan stated that Turkey seeks justice and will reveal the "naked truth", reported Xinhua news agency.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has called the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi earlier this month at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul a "rogue operation" and an "aberration".

"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", he said. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up".

In a statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists were unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".

A leading Republican US Senator said on Sunday he believed Saudi Crown Prince Salman was responsible for the death of Khashoggi.

Police have searched the nearby Belgrad forest in Istanbul where they believe the body may have been taken and one official was hopeful its fate would be known "before long".

But after a Turkish media report claiming Khashoggi's Apple Watch may have captured gruesome audio of him being tortured, drugged, killed and later dismembered, the Saudi government finally admitted the journalist was dead. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said the Saudi ambassador should be formally expelled from the United States if an investigation shows the crown prince's involvement. "This is not an explanation; it is a cover-up", Mr. Ryan said.

Asked about Saudi Arabia's belated acknowledgment of Khashoggi's killing, Jubeir said the shifting Saudi account of what happened was a result of a coverup by the arrested agents.

When the media reported a few days later that he had been killed there, they called the accusations "baseless".

"The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have us", Corker said of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

Trump said: "We'd like to find out where it is and what happened".

Turkey's Anadolu agency said early on Monday that Erdogan and U.S. President Donald Trump had spoken on the telephone and agreed that "all aspects" of the case needed to be cleared up.

This narrative is the latest Saudi account that has changed multiple times.

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