New bombshell in Jamal Khashoggi murder links Saudi Crown Prince

New bombshell in Jamal Khashoggi murder links Saudi Crown Prince

New bombshell in Jamal Khashoggi murder links Saudi Crown Prince

"This is a bad tragedy", said Saudi foreign minister Jubeir in a statement to FOX.

"This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", he said.

"They made a mistake and killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it", Al-Jubeir said. "That is unacceptable in any government", al-Jubeir said on Sunday.

Saudi Arabia so far has not acknowledged or explained Mutreb's presence in Istanbul - nor that of a forensics and autopsy expert, also on hand for Khashoggi's arrival at the consulate.

On Saturday Riyadh said he was killed in a fistfight in the consulate. "We do not know in terms of details how".

One Saudi official said that Mr Khashoggi was accidentally strangled when he was being restrained.

"We are determined to uncover every stone".

Trump said: "We'd like to find out where it is and what happened".

The foreign minister said that Saudi Arabia does not know where Khashoggi's body is and that officials have not listened to an audio recording that Turkey claims proves Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered.

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"Even the senior leadership of our intelligence service was not aware of this", Jubeir said.

At last 18 people have been detained and several officials have been fired in relation to Khashoggi's death. The journalist has relatives still living in Saudi Arabia and three children who hold United States citizenship.

Saudi Arabia's Attorney General confirmed that preliminary investigations indicated that the journalist died inside the Saudi consulate after a fight within the premises.

A leading Republican U.S. senator said he believed the crown prince was behind the killing, adding that the Saudis had lost all credibility in their explanations of his death.

This came in a telephone call made by the crown prince to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of late Jamal Khashoggi.

Speaking to supporters on Sunday in Istanbul, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey is seeking justice and that he will "go into detail" in a speech to ruling party members in parliament.

US President Donald Trump accused Saudi Arabia of lying about the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, his strongest comments to date on the affair, as pressure built Sunday on the administration to identify and punish those responsible.

Gingrich speculates that the USA will implement sanctions and that in private, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is likely "saying pretty aggressively you guys have got to come up with the truth".

Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that "I agree with all those who say that the already limited arms exports. can't take place in the situation we're now in". The president has raised the possibility of imposing sanctions but said halting an arms deal would "hurt us more than it would hurt them".

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