Saudi officials say Jamal Khashoggi died in a "fist fight"

Saudi officials say Jamal Khashoggi died in a

Saudi officials say Jamal Khashoggi died in a "fist fight"

Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman have extended their condolences to the family and relatives of the late journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi Press Agency reported early Monday.

Corker said he was waiting for investigations to be completed and hoped that Turkey would share any audio tapes of the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He also said he will talk soon to Prince Mohammed. The team that approached Khashoggi had been sent to negotiate, but "it went south", the official said, adding that "there was no order for a kidnapping".

Turkish authorities believe Khashoggi's killers held him down while his fingers were hacked off and then injected him with a lethal drug before carrying him into another room where he was hoisted onto a conference table and dismembered.

He said the Saudis did not know how Khashoggi, a Saudi national and US resident, had been killed or where his body was. He was visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul at the beginning of October for documents needed for his upcoming marriage. Both areas are now being searched for Khashoggi's remains.

Turkish police have named 15 men, including several of Prince Mohammed's personal employees and an Australia-trained, bone-saw wielding Saudi pathologist, who allegedly made up a "hit squad" to kill Khashoggi.

The announcement comes more than two weeks after Khashoggi entered the consulate and was never seen again.

As suspicion over his disappearance grew, Saudi authorities offered up a variety of freaky explanations, beginning with an assertion that he had left the consulate unharmed.

However, the new narrative - that Khashoggi was accidentally strangled after a brawl erupted between him and officials inside the consulate - was greeted with scepticism and condemnation from the worldwide community. "He could have known they were bringing him back to Saudi Arabia".

Turkish officials suspect the body of Mr Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was cut up but the Saudi official said it was rolled up in a rug and given to a "local cooperator" for disposal.

Khashoggi's son thanked the king and the crown prince, the report added.

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Jubeir was the first senior Saudi official to speak on the record on the matter after Saudi Arabia admitted on Saturday that Khashoggi was dead.

In a Washington Post interview on Saturday, US President Donald Trump said there had been "deception" and "lies" in Saudi Arabia's explanation, having previously said he found their narrative to be credible.

Erdogan said he would explain the episode "in a very different way" when his ruling party meets, adding to the already intense global pressure Saudi leadership has faced to provide a full picture of how Khashoggi was killed.

For Saudi Arabia's allies - particularly in the West - the question will be whether they believe that the prince, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability. Why were 18 people arrested?

Turkey's president says he will announce details of the Turkish investigation into the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi's on Tuesday.

U.S. congressional leaders said the Gulf kingdom should face severe consequences for Khashoggi's murder.

"He was killed in the consulate", Jubeir said.

Turkish news agency Anadolu Agency reported Sunday that Khashoggi's fiancee, Hatice Cengiz, has been given 24-hour police protection.

Britain, Germany and France have issued a joint statement condemning the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi, saying there is an "urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened. That is unacceptable in any government", al-Jubeir said on Sunday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that they can not be done under the "current circumstances", in reference to the Khashoggi case.

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