Saudis sent ‘cleaners’ to Istanbul 9 days after Khashoggi murder

Environment Secretary Michael Gove who will be visiting Blackpool

Environment Secretary Michael Gove who will be visiting Blackpool

"I ask Saudi Arabia now publicly, through your program, to have the investigation made public as soon as possible so whereby I believe the Saudi Crown Prince will be 100 percent vindicated and exonerated", he added.

Khashoggi wrote a column for the Washington Post that criticized the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

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On Monday, the head of Japanese firm SoftBank indicated he would continue to do business with Saudi Arabia, despite also condemning the Khashoggi killing.

The two individuals carried out clean-up operations at the consulate and the consul's residence in Istanbul until October 17 and left the country three days later, he said.

British Ambassador Julien Braithwaite told the council his country was "gravely concerned about the deteriorating human rights situation in Saudi Arabia", pointing to women's rights, mass arrests of rights defenders and extensive use of the death penalty.

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

But he didn't elaborate, and he declined to say whether he's reconsidering USA arm sales to the Saudis or active support of its Yemen campaign.

Riyadh's explanation for what happened to Khashoggi has changed several times.

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post newspaper, was murdered in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul last month.

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Turkish Vice President Fuat Oktay told the official Anadolu news agency Monday that "all those reports should be investigated".

On Saturday, Sabah newspaper, which is close to the Turkish government, said Khashoggi's body - which still hasn't been found - was dismembered and removed from the Saudi Consulate in five suitcases.

Aiban gave no details on the status or whereabouts of the 18 Saudi nationals detained in connection with the case and repeatedly declined to answer journalists' questions about them, saying: "The case is still under investigation, as you know.I think my statement was very clear".

Jamal Khashoggi was once an adviser to the Saudi royal family, but fell out of favour with the government a year ago and went into self-imposed exile.

Saudi Arabia's conflicting accounts of Khashoggi's killing have prompted an global outcry against the world's top oil exporter, upending the young crown prince's worldwide image as a reformer.

Salah Khashoggi, 35, a dual US-Saudi citizen, and his brother, Abdullah, 33, who lives in the United Arab Emirates, spoke with CNN in an interview that aired Sunday and described weeks of uncertainty following their father's October 2 disappearance.

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