Saudi king, crown prince call slain writer Khashoggi's son

Turkish media quotes officials saying a team of 15 Saudis removed Khashoggi's fingers, killed him and dismembered him.

In a related development on Monday, Turkish police announced they had found an abandoned vehicle belonging to the Saudi consulate at an underground auto park in Istanbul, three weeks after Khashoggi's murder.

He also said that they did not know where the body was, and insisted the action was not ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, seen as Saudi Arabia's most influential figure.

The report in Yeni Safak said Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage on trips to the United States, France and Spain this year, made the calls from the consulate.

The World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) and the World Editors Forum (WEF) issued the call for action in a statement on Friday, shortly after Saudi State Television confirmed that Mr. Khashoggi died after an altercation inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

A Turkish official said on Monday that the country will go until the end to enlighten the "nefarious murder" of Khashoggi.

The Istanbul governor's office has put Cengiz, a Turkish national, under 24-hour police protection, Anadolu said.

"The Saudi "explanation" for murdering journalist and Virginia resident Jamal Khashoggi in a consulate_a fistfight gone wrong_is insulting", tweeted Sen. The images, taken from security camera video, show the writer being searched before continuing toward the building.

"This was an operation that was a rogue operation", the official, Adel al-Jubeir, told Fox News on Sunday. "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", Jubeir said on the US broadcaster Fox.

"There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up", he said, adding, "That is unacceptable in any government".


After repeating her earlier condemnation of Khashoggi's killing, Merkel said there is "an urgent need to clear up" what happened to the prominent commentator on Saudi affairs.

This is Tennessee Republican Bob Corker, chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, speaking to CNN on Sunday.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin addressed the Khashoggi investigationin a meeting Monday with the Saudi Crown Prince, according to a tweet from Treasury spokesperson Tony Sayegh.

Khashoggi vanished on October 2 after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul seeking paperwork for his planned marriage to Cengiz.

Turkish officials have been leaking a steady drip feed of details from the investigation to journalists but they have yet to release a key audio recording which sources say exists from inside the Saudi consulate.

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He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident, had been killed or where his body was. "We want to make sure that we know what happened and we want to make sure that those responsible be held to account". He initially said he believed the Saudi account.

The claim comes a day before Prince Mohammed's high-profile investment summit begins in Riyadh.

SoftBank Group Corp. founder Masayoshi Son said he planned to invest in the new city and potentially acquire a "substantial" equity stake in state-controlled Saudi Electricity Co.


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