Saudi dismissals over Khashoggi murder point to Crown Prince MBS

Critics of the Saudi rulers now have more reason to fear in the wake of Khashoggi's death.— Reuters pic

Critics of the Saudi rulers now have more reason to fear in the wake of Khashoggi's death.— Reuters pic

Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno Marsudi said she told al-Jubeir that Jakarta was "deeply concerned" about Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul this month, which Ankara has said was "savagely planned".

Saudi officials started planning to murder journalist Jamal Khashoggi days before his death in Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate, Turkey's president said Tuesday.

The murder has shone the spotlight on the Saudi crown prince, who was credited with a reform drive in the kingdom - including giving women the right to drive - but is now accused of having ordering Khashoggi's killing, a charge denied by Riyadh. Turkish officials say he was killed by a team of 15 hit men from Saudi Arabia. Turkish police were searching an abandoned auto belonging to the Saudi consulate in an underground vehicle park in the Sultangazi district of Istanbul. Turkish officials have claimed that audio and video recordings show Saudi officials used a bone saw to dismember Khashoggi's body, but Erdogan made no mention of any recordings of the killing.

Despite extensive news leaks alleging that Turkey has audio recordings documenting Khashoggi's torture and murder, neither USA nor allied government agencies had been granted access as of Monday to such evidence, the officials said.

Saudi Arabia's Council of Ministers further went on record on state TV on Tuesday to outline that the kingdom had "indicated" its "keenness to hold accountable those who failed in their duties" in Khashoggi's death. Kushner has cultivated a close partnership with the heir to the Saudi throne, who is widely suspected of being behind Khashoggi's murder.

According to Sky News, the 59-year-old Washington Post contributor's body had been "cut up" and his face "disfigured", with the remains found in the garden of the consul general's home.

The US has faced pressure to toughen its stance on Saudi Arabia, a key ally.

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"We will see to it. that procedures and mechanisms are put in place to ensure that something like this can never happen again", he said.

Turkey's president has pledged to reveal the case "in all its nakedness" (AP) Jamal Khashoggi.

"We are going to get to the bottom of it".

Prior to Jubeir's interview, a senior Saudi official laid out a version that itself contradicted earlier explanations.

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The US and its allies also have some independent intelligence reporting supporting media reports that Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate by a military squad sent from Saudi Arabia to Istanbul, two sources said.

The directive broadly states that the Saudi government should conduct negotiations to try to bring dissidents who have left Saudi Arabia back to the country for reconciliation and re-integration into society, the officials said.

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