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Erdogan says Saudi team arrived day before Khashoggi's killing, consulate cameras removed

Erdogan says Saudi team arrived day before Khashoggi's killing, consulate cameras removed

"It was a flawed body double, so it never became an official part of the Saudi government's narrative", the diplomat said.

They say the team cut off his fingers before killing and dismembering the 59-year-old Washington Post columnist, who had written critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "Pinning such a case on some security and intelligence members will not satisfy us or the worldwide community", he said, per Reuters.

A number of Saudi nationals have since been arrested, while deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, a senior aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, have been dismissed, state TV reported. "As of now we expect of them to openly bring to light those responsible - from the highest ranked to the lowest - and to bring them to justice", he added.

In New York, Jared Kushner, President Trump's son-in-law and a White House adviser, said in a television interview Monday that he has advised Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to be "fully transparent" about the Khashoggi case.

Erdogan spoke about Khashoggi's killing for more than 45 minutes, beginning his remarks with what he called a "refresh" of the events surrounding Khashoggi's death.

"Our thoughts are with the family of Jamal Khashoggi", G7 ministers said in a joint statement.

"All evidence gathered shows that Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a savage murder".




Turkey is pursuing the case, Erdogan said, as both a "representative of humanity's shared conscience and also for its sovereign rights".

It's previously been reported that a 15-member team traveled from Saudi Arabia to Turkey just before Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. We are seeking answers. "The conscience of humanity will only be satisfied once everybody is called into account, from those who gave the orders to those who carried them out". "The American people want answers and we will demand that those answers are forthcoming", Pence told an event at The Washington Post, where Khashoggi was a contributing opinion writer. Some of the forum's keynote speakers and numerous Western executives and officials had cancelled plans to attend over Khashoggi's October 2 slaying.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Sunday that he would reveal details of the investigation Tuesday, even as Saudi officials sought to head off growing criticism of the murder. The team that planned his murder was subsequently notified and several members of the consulate staff were "rushed back" to Saudi Arabia, indicating that the planning likely took place there. "Nobody in the Kingdom can justify or explain it".

Trudeau's comments on halting the huge arms deal came amid increasing pressure to punish Riyadh for the killing of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

"In addition to admitting responsibility for the crime, Saudi authorities must immediately allow the Khashoggi family to travel, if they are genuinely keen on uncovering the truth", he said.

The Khashoggi case has caused worldwide outrage and frayed political and business ties between Western powers and U.S. ally Saudi Arabia, the world's No.1 oil exporter.

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