Footage of Saudi suspect wearing Khashoggi's clothes released by Turkish investigators

  • Footage of Saudi suspect wearing Khashoggi's clothes released by Turkish investigators

Footage of Saudi suspect wearing Khashoggi's clothes released by Turkish investigators

Turkish media reports and officials maintain that a 15-member Saudi team flew to Istanbul on October 2, knowing Khashoggi would arrive for a document he needed to get married.

A second jet, with registration HZ-SK2, carried another batch of the 15 suspects, but was searched as by then the alarm had been raised that they might be behind Khashoggi's disappearance. "We don't know in terms of details how".

Saudi Arabia said 18 Saudis were arrested and that several top intelligence officials were fired.

Last week, Saudi Arabia vowed to retaliate against any punitive measures linked to Khashoggi's fate, fueling concerns of oil price hikes. Some Turkish employees reportedly said they were instructed not to go to work around the time that Khashoggi disappeared.

Saudi Arabia on Monday said King Salman and his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had called the son of slain Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, to express condolences for his death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul by officials that allegedly included a member of the royal's entourage.

"Would financial sanctions be considered sufficient as to have sent a message to Saudi Arabia that this will never happen again?"

Germany and Saudi Arabia only returned their ambassadors in September after 10 months of frosty relations following criticism from Berlin of what it said was Saudi interference in Lebanese affairs.

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, speaking to Fox News in the USA, said Sunday that Khashoggi, 59, died in a "rogue operation", in which "individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had".

Mr Jubeir said the Saudis offered its condolences to Mr Khashoggi's family. He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible. But critics believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi's death could not have occurred without the knowledge of Mohammed bin Salman, the country's powerful 33-year-old crown prince.

"Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies", Mr Trump said on the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh.

Khashoggi, a United States resident, entered the consulate on October 2 to obtain documents that would clear the way for his impending marriage to fiancee Hatice Cengiz but never emerged.

"Khashoggi's clothes were probably still warm when Madani put them on", the official said.

He also urged Turkey to turn over purported audio recordings of Khashoggi's killing inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. "So let's hope that the world would deal with the political crisis, including the one with a Saudi citizen in Turkey, with wisdom", he said.

President Donald Trump says he needs to learn more about the killing of a Saudi journalist and will be working with Congress on the US response.

Following a telephone conversation between Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Donald Trump, the USA president told reporters that the king had denied all knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance.

In a speech on Sunday, Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan appeared to suggest he was getting ready to release some information about the Turkish investigation, and would do so at his weekly speech on Tuesday to members of his ruling AK Party.