Khashoggi's eldest son leaves Saudi Arabia for US

Khashoggi's eldest son leaves Saudi Arabia for US

Khashoggi's eldest son leaves Saudi Arabia for US

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in May 2010.

Trump described the plan to kill Khashoggi in the Saudi diplomatic mission in Istanbul, as well as the contrasting cover-up stories after it, as a "bad deal" and "the worst cover-up ever".

The Saudi disclosure came after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week.

It also came two days after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan gave a speech calling Khashoggi's killing "brutal" and "planned" while demanding that the perpetrators be extradited to Turkey.

Pro-government Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak, citing the audio, has said his torturers cut off his fingers during an interrogation and later beheaded him.

A columnist for The Washington Post, Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

His departure comes after Saudi King Salman and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Salman met Salah and Khashoggi's brother Sahel at the royal palace in Riyadh on Tuesday to offer their condolences.

Mohammed has denied any prior knowledge of the of the mission and on Wednesday called the journalist's killing "a heinous crime".

Salah, a dual U.S. -Saudi citizen, will be joined in the United States by his other siblings who are based there, friends of the family told AFP.

This image taken on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shaking hands with Jamal Khashoggi's son in Riyadh on October 23, 2018. Instead, the photo opportunity elicited scorn on social media, with critics accusing them of exploiting the grieving son. "Today, Saudi Arabia is carrying out all legal things to finalize the investigation, to cooperate with the Turkish government and to present the perpetrators to the court and take their judgment". "We owe it to Jamal and his loved ones to uncover all of the truth".

Dozens of people stood vigil outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Thursday to demand justice. His remains have not yet been found.

Khashoggi did not appear to believe he was going to die, the source said.

Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation into Khashoggi's murder. He told reporters on Thursday that he wanted to know where Khashoggi's body is.

But Britain and France have both stopped short of suspending arms sales to the desert kingdom.

Meanwhile, world leaders continue to urge the Saudi authorities to clarify the circumstances of the journalist's killing.

An Indonesian journalist holds a placard during a protest over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in front of the Saudi Arabia embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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