Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi royals offer condolences to family of slain journalist

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi royals offer condolences to family of slain journalist

Jamal Khashoggi: Saudi royals offer condolences to family of slain journalist

According to the press statements, both King Salman and the crown prince "expressed condolences".

"Khashoggi's clothes were probably still warm when Madani put them on", the senior Turkish official told CNN.

He took a cab to Istanbul's famed Sultan Ahmed Mosque - popularly known as the Blue Mosque - a few hours after Khashoggi was seen entering the consulate, according to CNN.

President Donald Trump said Saturday he would speak to the crown prince "very soon" as he works to determine what, if any, consequences the USA ally will face for the killing of a dissident journalist. He also insisted that Prince Mohammed, defacto ruler of Saudi Arabia, was not to blame. "They made a mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi".

Authorities in Turkey have yet to confirm or deny the existence of a rumored audio recording of the killing from inside the consulate.

Turkish investiagtors have for days been scouring the consulate, the consul-general's house and woodland areas on the city's outskirts for Khashoggi's remains.

American intelligence officials have said they intercepted communications showing that Saudi officials were plotting to lure Khashoggi back to the kingdom - an operation that was ordered by the crown prince, the officials said.

The man in the video, identified by the official as Mustafa al-Madani, was allegedly part of what investigators have said was a hit squad, sent to kill the journalist at the Saudi consulate during a scheduled appointment to get papers for his upcoming wedding.

Also Sunday, images that were obtained by TRT World, a Turkish news channel that broadcasts in English, showed Khashoggi as he arrived at a police barrier before entering the consulate on October 2.

As suspicion over his disappearance grew, Saudi authorities offered up a variety of freakish explanations, beginning with an assertion that he had left the consulate unharmed.

U.S. Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said Saudi Arabia's admission that the Washington Post columnist was killed in a fistfight was a "good first step but not enough", though he added it was premature to discuss sanctions against Riyadh.

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Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi consult in Istanbul more than two weeks ago and is feared dead. Trump said on Thursday. "I've heard no tape, I've seen no transcript", Pompeo told reporters overnight.

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However, the new narrative - that Khashoggi was accidentally strangled after a brawl erupted between him and officials inside the consulate - was greeted with scepticism and condemnation from the worldwide community.

It said the investigations had "revealed that the discussions that took place between [Khashoggi] and the persons who met him.at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul led to a brawl and a fist fight".

Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The report in Yeni Safak citing allegations by Turkish government sources that the Crown Prince personally phoned Khashoggi moments before his murder contradict Saudi claims he had no knowledge of the assassination plot.

Turkish media quotes officials saying a team of 15 Saudis removed Khashoggi's fingers, killed him and dismembered him.

"Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies", Mr Trump said on the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh. Why were 18 people arrested?

The statement, calling the journalist's death "tragic", says the two presidents had a telephone call on Sunday, without providing more details. "So we have to use oil reserves", he said.

Al Jubeir said Khashoggi was approached by a "Saudi security team" when he entered the consulate and their account of what happened after that differed from that of Turkish officials, which prompted the Saudis to investigate.

Five employees from the Saudi consulate were testifying to prosecutors on Monday, Anadolu said, with 22 foreign and Turkish workers expected to give statements in total.

During a joint interview with Britain and France, Mrs Merkel said that she condemned the killing of Mr Khashoggi "in the strongest terms".

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