Saudi official says Khashoggi's body given to 'local cooperator' inside rug

Dozens of business leaders and diplomats have withdrawn from the Saudi economic conference

Dozens of business leaders and diplomats have withdrawn from the Saudi economic conference

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist, had entered the consulate to seek the necessary paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee.

"After Turkish authorities and the media were allowed to inspect the consulate building in its entirety, the accusations changed to the outrageous claim that he was murdered, in the consulate, during business hours, and with dozens of staff and visitors in the building", Saudi Ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, a brother of the crown prince, wrote on Oct 8.

"I don't know who is behind these claims, or their intentions, nor do I care frankly".

In the apparent cover-up that followed Khashoggi's death, Madani, 57, who is of similar height, age and build to Khashoggi, 59, was used as a decoy for the journalist, according to the Turkish official.

Saudi Arabia recently committed to investing $10 billion in South Africa.

The footage comes as a joint Turkish-Saudi team completed an investigation on the case Thursday after searching the residence of the kingdom's consul general as well as the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

-Oct. 22: Newly leaked surveillance footage shows a man appearing to wear Khashoggi's clothes leaving the consulate after his killing there.

The official Saudi Press Association reported that Crown Prince Mohammed called Kashoggi's eldest son, Salah Khashoggi, to express his condolences.

On Monday, Trump said he had spoken with bin Salman about the investigation into Khashoggi's death, adding that more details will become apparent tonight or tomorrow morning. Once close with the Saudi elites, Khashoggi fled the kingdom previous year in fear of possible prosecution.

The Saudi statements did not acknowledge the ban.

Five Turkish employees of the consulate also gave testimony to prosecutors Monday, Turkish media reported.

Meanwhile, the national and global press members continue to wait in front of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to receive further information about the killing of the Saudi journalist.

He said: "They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it". That is unacceptable in any government.

Turkish officials say the Turkish president and his American counterpart have spoken over the phone and discussed the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Following a telephone conversation between Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Donald Trump, the United States president told reporters that the king had denied all knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance. Jubeir said Saudi Arabia wanted to make sure "those who are responsible are punished, and we want to make sure that we have procedures in place that prevent it from happening again".

"The government is in agreement that we will not approve further arms exports for the moment because we want to know what happened", he told the broadcast ZDF.

On the day of Khashoggi's disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. Riyadh has been a key player in that war.

Trump seemed to be taking a tougher stance Monday against Saudi Arabia.

"I did not think it was appropriate to go and speak at this conference but we continue to have important issues with Saudi and that is why I am going there", Mnuchin said. "It would be very foolish of Saudi Arabia to forfeit the trust of the oil market earned over decades by injecting politics into their oil policy". "Everyone (else) can speculate but we cannot speculate", Celik added.

The were to be based in the US, Mexico, India, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia but recruitment for the Saudi post will now not go ahead.

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