Saudis say 'don't know where' Khashoggi's body is

Several countries, including Germany, Britain, France and Turkey, have pressed Riyadh to provide all the facts, and Chancellor Angela Merkel said Berlin would not export arms to Saudi Arabia while uncertainty over Khashoggi's fate persisted.

Jubeir called the killing of Khashoggi a bad mistake and offered condolences to his family. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said yesterday the United States will closely follow global investigations into Khashoggi's death and will advocate for justice that is "timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process".

The comments from Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir were some of the most direct yet from Riyadh, which has given multiple and conflicting accounts about Khashoggi's killing on october 2, first denying his death and later admitting it amid an worldwide outcry.

One person from the 15-member team suspected to be behind the death of Jamal Khashoggi dressed up in his clothes and was captured on surveillance cameras around Istanbul on the day the journalist was killed, CNN reported on Monday citing a senior Turkish official. Why were 18 people arrested?

"(The) Saudis got a lot of explaining to do", he said.

Meanwhile, Turkish crime-scene investigators swarmed a garage Monday night in Istanbul where a Saudi consular vehicle had been parked. Our condolences go out to them.

Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency reported on Sunday that Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, has been given 24-hour police protection.

Speaking in an interview on Fox News, Jubeir said the Saudi leadership initially believed Khashoggi had left its diplomatic mission in Istanbul, where he was last seen on October 2. The images, taken from security camera video, show the writer being searched before continuing toward the building.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan
Saudis say 'don't know where' Khashoggi's body is

"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he said on Sunday, according to CNN.

"They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it", he said.

"That is unacceptable in any government".

The chief executive of German industrial conglomerate Siemens says he won't be going to this week's investment conference in Saudi Arabia.

While the claim has not been verified by officials in public, Turkish authorities have consistently leaked details of the investigation to pro-government media outlets and their reports have been largely accurate.

"I think we really need to discontinue our arms sales to Saudi Arabia and have a long and serious discussion about whether or not they want to be an ally or they want to be an enemy", he said, adding that sanctions "don't go far enough". "We feel their pain", Jubeir told the USA broacaster Fox. But with the Saudi prince's credibility facing serious questions following Khashoggi's death, President Donald Trump may soon have to rethink his Mideast strategy. Retno said the visit was scheduled after the Saudi monarch visited Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, in March a year ago.

They said in a statement that nothing can justify the killing.

  • Jon Douglas