Saudi King Salman meets with family members of slain journalist

Wednesday, 24 Oct, 2018

Tabling new allegations that Saudi officials scoped out rural areas outside Istanbul the day before Khashoggi's murder, the president said Riyadh's suggestion that the killing was a rogue extradition operation gone wrong was unsatisfactory and Turkey's investigation was ongoing.

On Sunday, a joint release by Paris, Berlin and London said instead that the journalist's death needs "to be backed by facts considered to be credible". The Turkish president is the target of criticism from rights campaigners for overseeing a crackdown on dissent in his own country and for jailing journalists, but he appears ready to continue to press the Saudi government for a full accounting of the killing.

Trump now plays down the relationship, saying the crown prince and Kushner are "just two young guys". But he said Turkey would not complete its investigation into Khashoggi's death until all questions were answered. "Second, there is an urgent need to clarify what happened - we are far from this having been cleared up and those responsible held to account".

Perincek, the leader of the Patriotic Party in Turkey, told Sputnik, "Reliable sources from the Istanbul security service told me that the body of Khashoggi was found in a well, which is located in a garden in the residence of the Saudi consul general".

Trudeau condemned the death of Khashoggi and said Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland had been talking to allies to discuss the next steps.

A protester outside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was last seen entering, on October 5. U.S. goods and services traded with Saudi Arabia totaled an estimated $45.6 billion in 2017, according to the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

Saudi Arabian Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends the G20 opening ceremony on September 4, 2016, in Hangzhou, China.

A three-story villa in western Turkey was raided by the police on October 23 as part of the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Tuesday, King Salman and Prince Mohammed received Khashoggi's son, Salah, and his brother, Sahel, at the Yamama Palace in Riyadh, where the two royals expressed their condolences.

"The word from President Erdogan this morning that this brutal murder was premeditated, pre-planned days in advance flies in the face of earlier assertions that had been made by the Saudi regime", Pence said. "The biggest threat to the crown prince is what he did", says Khalil Jahshan, a friend of the slain journalist and director of the Arab Center, research group in Washington, DC.

He said: "We're going to get to the bottom of it".

"I call on Saudi Arabia's government to permit Khashoggi killing suspects to be tried in Istanbul", Erdoğan added. The surveillance system at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was deactivated on objective, he said.

Authorities were taking statements from five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate on Monday, NTV said.

Mr Hunt continued: 'The actions Britain and our allies take will depend on two things: firstly the credibility of the final explanation given by Saudi Arabia, and secondly on our confidence that such an appalling episode can not - and will not - be repeated'.