Khashoggi mourners demand 'true justice' after Saudi disclosures

Democratic Rep Accuses Jared Kushner of Being Behind Saudi Journalist’s Death

Democratic Rep Accuses Jared Kushner of Being Behind Saudi Journalist’s Death

Mr Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get papers required for his upcoming marriage.

Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi embassy on October 2.

'While the investigations are still ongoing into the case with the 18 Saudi detainees, the Kingdom expresses its deep regret at the painful developments that have taken place, ' it added.

It effectively dismissed Turkish claims that he had been murdered by a Saudi hit squad flown into the country for the job, and insulated Mohammed Bin Salman, the young Saudi crown prince, from blame. "We will continue to closely follow the global investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process", White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said. But some United States lawmakers expressed doubt about the Saudi explanation.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said on Saturday that further investigations are needed after Saudi Arabia's statement on Khashoggi's death.

"The available information on the events in the Istanbul consulate is insufficient", they said.

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However, the prince has been widely blamed for the disappearance of Khashoggi, a fierce critic of his.

The organisation, dedicated to the former king of the Saudi royal family, was launched in 1983.

Saudis to Turkey: Search our consulate for missing WaPo columnist, dissenter
Journalists and activists gathered outside the Saudi consulate on Monday demanding information on Khashoggi's fate. Britain, a close Saudi ally, said the incident could affect relations with Riyadh if they are behind the incident.

The fired royal adviser Qahtani notably tweeted a year ago that is the executor of the orders of the king and crown prince: "You think I'm acting on my own without guidance?"

International human rights watchdog Amnesty International said that the Saudi account was "not trustworthy" and called on Riyadh to produce Khashoggi's body so that independent forensic experts might determine the cause of his death.

'MbS had no knowledge of this specific operation and certainly did not order a kidnapping or murder of anybody. "He will have been aware of the general instruction to tell people to come back", the official said. In the past week, reports that cited Turkish officials painted a more gruesome picture: Reports said that one of Khashoggi's interrogators was an autopsy specialist with a bone saw, and that Khashoggi was ultimately dismembered.

According to the Saudi prosecutor general, a violent altercation broke out while Khashoggi was being interrogated in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 4.

Turkish police and prosecutors this week searched both the consulate as well as the consul's residence in Istanbul. The statement didn't disclose details about the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body.

But for now, "European leaders might find some sort of way of saying that we need a credible investigation without explicitly criticising what the Saudis have done", he said.

Authorities said 18 Saudi suspects were in custody for his killing and intelligence officials had been fired.

Several of the 15 Saudi suspects who were in Istanbul when Khashoggi went missing have close links to Saudi Arabia's security forces.

"To say that I am skeptical of the new Saudi narrative about Mr. Khashoggi is an understatement".

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