Turkey: Saudi investigators worked to remove evidence

Turkey: Saudi investigators worked to remove evidence

A Turkish official said Monday that investigators now believe that Saudi Arabia sent a two-person "clean-up" team to Turkey nine days after Khashoggi's death, to remove evidence of his killing before Turkish police could search the consulate and the nearby residence of the Saudi consul-general.

After two weeks of denials that the kingdom had anything to do with the journalist's disappearance, Saudi officials said that he had been killed during a fight with a team of rogue extradition agents, who had been arrested.

The official confirmed a report in the Sabah newspaper, which said that chemicals expert Ahmad Abdulaziz al-Janobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani were among a team sent from Saudi Arabia purportedly to investigate the murder last month.

The two experts, whom the newspaper described as "cleaners", reportedly visited their country's consulate every day for a week, before leaving Turkey on October 17.

On Saturday, the paper said Khashoggi's body - which still hasn't been found - was dismembered and removed from the Saudi Consulate in five suitcases. The kingdom's public prosecutor has since called the killing premeditated, but has not said who planned or approved it. The government of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has tried to prod Saudi leaders to acknowledge what he says is their role in the death.

"We condemn the frightful murder of Jamal Khashoggi", Trudeau told the House of Commons, adding "we are deeply concerned about reports on the participation of Saudi forces".

The crown prince has been accused of either masterminding or knowingly permitting Khashoggi's killing in Turkey.

Khashoggi died after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Abdullah Khashoggi said: "I really hope that whatever happened wasn't painful for him, or it was quick".

Saudi Arabia has detained 18 Saudi nationals in connection with Khashoggi's death, but Aiban gave no details on their status or whereabouts.

He said King Salman assured him that those involved in Jamal Khashoggi's murder would be brought to justice.

Ankara has also demanded Riyadh cooperate in finding Mr Khashoggi's body, with Istanbul's chief prosecutor saying it had been dismembered.

"I think it is Saudi Arabia's responsibility to find out what happened to Khashoggi's body and inform us about it, as the 15-man team is still in Saudi Arabia", Cavusoglu said.

Al-Baqi is a cemetery in Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has launched the kingdom's first nuclear research reactor as part of a plan to diversify the kingdom's energy mix and acquire nuclear capabilities, state media reported. The group paid over $100 billion in settlements for what Saudi authorities said were corruption charges.

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