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24 October 2018

Five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate have also given testimonies to prosecutors, Turkish media reported.

Riyadh has given multiple and conflicting accounts on what led to Khashoggi's death on october 2 at its consulate in Istanbul. Turkish officials and reports have suggested that a team of Saudi agents was sent to assassinate him.

"Saudi Arabia's [latest] statement about Khashoggi's death appears to be created to insulate Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman from further scrutiny and to prevent full accountability for Khashoggi's killing", the release said.

After Saudi Arabia confirmed his death, she wrote on Twitter in Arabic: "They have taken your body from this world, but your lovely smile will stay in my world forever".

He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi had died. We don't know in terms of details how.

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"We are more in the fact-finding phase", said Kushner, who is also the president's son-in-law, at a conference held by CNN during an interview with activist and host Van Jones.

Prince Mohammed's government issued a statement late last week confirming Khashoggi died inside the Istanbul consulate but contending that his death was caused by a fistfight that started after an argument.

"There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up".

On Monday, Kushner said he had told the crown prince: "Just to be transparent, to be fully transparent".

Saudi Arabia says it has arrested 18 people, sacked two aides of Mohammed bin Salman and set up a body, under his leadership, to reform the intelligence agency following the incident. Retno said the visit was scheduled after the Saudi monarch visited Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim-majority nation, in March previous year.

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Celik pointed to CCTV footage published by CNN on Monday, which the American broadcaster claimed showed one of the Saudi officials acting as a body double for Khashoggi and leaving the consulate.

After repeating her earlier condemnation of Khashoggi's killing, Merkel said there is "an urgent need to clear up" what happened to the prominent commentator on Saudi affairs.

A top German official is pressing for a joint European Union position on Saudi Arabia after Berlin backed a freeze on arms exports to the kingdom following the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi.

According to the senior Saudi official, the Saudi team rolled up Khashoggi's body in a rug, took it out in a consular vehicle and handed it to a "local cooperator" for disposal.

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Turkish police find Saudi consulate car abandoned in Istanbul parking lot