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Saudi team sent to Istanbul to 'cover up' Khashoggi murder: Turkish official

05 November 2018
Saudi team sent to Istanbul to 'cover up' Khashoggi murder: Turkish official

Salah Khashoggi on October 24 met in Riyadh with the crown prince and King Salman to receive condolences along with other Khashoggi family members.

"The kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already expressed its regret and pain for the death of Jamal Khashoggi", Bandar Bin Mohammed Al-Aiban, president of Saudi Arabia's human rights commission said at the meeting.

The report said chemist Ahmed Abdulaziz Aljanobi and toxicologist Khaled Yahya Al Zahrani were a part of the 11-member Saudi team that arrived in Istanbul on October 11, according to "reliable sources".

Prince Alwaleed denied reports that he had been tortured in custody and that officials stripped him of his wealth.

Yasin Aktay, an adviser to Erdogan, hinted in an article published on Friday that the body may even have been destroyed in acid.

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, an global businessman, said on Sunday that the probe will exonerate the country's leader.

On Monday, Turkish newspaper Sabah, citing unnamed officials, said new evidence in the case showed that Khashoggi's body had been removed from the consulate in five suitcases, and that an 11-member team of Saudi investigators that arrived in Turkey nine days after he disappeared included a chemical expert and a toxicology expert, who removed evidence of the killing.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an op-ed in the Washington Post last week that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government and added that the worldwide community had the responsibility to "reveal the puppet masters" behind the slaying. "Who gave the command for this murder to be carried out on Turkish soil?"

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an op-ed in the Washington Post last week that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government and added that the worldwide community had the responsibility to "reveal the puppet masters" behind the slaying.

However, Erdogan has yet to directly accuse Prince Mohammed, who has condemned the murder "a repulsive incident". Last week, the kingdom's public prosecutor Saud Al Mojeb said the attack was premeditated.

The information was the latest in a series of leaks from Turkish officials apparently aimed at keeping up the pressure on Saudi Arabia and ensuring that the killing is not covered-up.

Prince Mohammed had been heralded in some quarters before the murder as a modern Arab reformer spearheading a bold vision to transform the country and make it less dependent on energy resources.

"This case can not be covered up, and we are expecting close cooperation from Saudi authorities on the investigation we are conducting transparently and meticulously", Gul said.