Turkey turns up heat on Saudi crown prince over Khashoggi

Khashoggi’s killing Here’s what Saudi Foreign Minister says

Khashoggi’s killing Here’s what Saudi Foreign Minister says

Saudi Arabia signed deals worth $50 billion on Tuesday, showing it can still attract investment at a conference boycotted by Western politicians and global business chiefs after the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Sources stated that the prince was among Saudi officials who had been attempting to persuade Khashoggi to return to the country, claiming he would be given a warm welcome and high-level job.

Omar Abdelaziz, a Saudi dissident activist now living in Canada, said he was collaborating on a number of campaigns with Khashoggi and that the latter had been attacked on Twitter by people he referred to as "electronic flies".

In the past weeks, Turkish media and officials speaking to worldwide media have said audio recordings prove Khashoggi was tortured before being decapitated although no concrete evidence of their existence has emerged.

He said Turkish investigators had evidence the Saudi journalist was the victim of a premeditated "savage murder" by a 15-man hit squad.

The Turkish president, who had said he would reveal "the naked truth" about Khashoggi's murder fell short of that with a speech was not as detailed and as full of new facts/evidence as analysts had expected. Saudi Arabia has said he was killed in a fistfight at the consulate.

The Council of Ministers on Tuesday emphasized that the Kingdom will hold to account all those responsible for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and those who failed in their duties, whoever they are. King Salman, 82, has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to the 33-year-old prince.

Saudi officials at first denied involvement, saying Khashoggi had left the consulate through the back door.

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He did not mention an alleged audio recording that Turkish authorities claim to have of Mr Khashoggi's death that supposedly confirms he was tortured, killed, had his fingers cut off and was dismembered.

Among its many investments domestically and overseas, Saudi Arabia's sovereign wealth fund, which the crown prince oversees, has invested $20 billion in a US -focused infrastructure fund with Blackstone. Three men from the team went on an exploration trip to Belgrad forest in Istanbul and Yalova, a 90-kilometre drive south of Istanbul, he said.

The footage aired Monday - which appeared to show Mustafa al-Madani, 57, and an accomplice - further challenges the Saudi explanations.

For Saudi Arabia's allies, the question will be whether they believe that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability.

"I am not satisfied with what I've heard", Trump told reporters at the White House.

Five employees from the Saudi consulate were testifying to prosecutors on Monday, Anadolu said, with 22 foreign and Turkish workers expected to give statements in total.

Saudi Arabia remains one of the world's largest arms importers.

"We have asked for it, if it exists".

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