Saudi crown prince says Khashoggi death 'heinous crime' - USA

Saudi crown prince says Khashoggi death 'heinous crime' - USA

Saudi crown prince says Khashoggi death 'heinous crime' - USA

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Ministry wrote on Twitter that the leaders shared "their deepest condolences and sympathy to the family of Jamal Khashoggi, may God rest his soul".

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

He said a team of Saudi agents arrived in Turkey on October 1, the day before Khashoggi's death, and some visited the woods around Istanbul; that area has been searched for the journalist's body, which has yet to be found.

Khashoggi's killing was the first issue the crown prince raised after he strode on to the stage at the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh.

Erdogan has said Saudi officials made "reconnaissance" trips to the forest as well as the city of Yalova a day before Khashoggi was killed.

A statement broadcast Thursday by the state-owned al-Ekhbariya channel was based on information received from Turkish investigators.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, right, shakes hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, prior to their meeting in Jiddah, Saudi Arabia, on July, 23, 2017.

What U.S. President Donald Trump called "one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups" was revealed to the world by Turkish leaks of information, including references to purported audio recordings of the killing, and security camera footage of the Saudi officials who were involved as they moved around Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia's ability to sell more oil will be especially crucial when USA sanctions against Iranian oil sales come into effect on November 4, taking an estimated 1 million barrels of oil a day off the market.

"Those behind this crime will be held accountable ... in the end justice will prevail".

A number of high-profile business and political figures have pulled out of the conference over the death of Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler.

Local media reported that the house in the Yalova province near Istanbul, which was raided by 40 policemen, belonged to one of the members of the Saudi hit squad whom Turkish officials accuse of killing Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul. But Sabah, another pro-government newspaper that has published leaks about the case from Turkish officials, said Saudi Arabia has yet to give Turkish authorities permission for a search. Another team went to the consulate and removed the hard disk from its security camera, he said. The image, obtained by state television TRT and other media on Wednesday, shows a black vehicle with a diplomatic license plate at an entrance to Belgrade Forest.

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