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King Salman embarks on domestic tour amid Khashoggi crisis

07 November, 2018, 10:03 | Author: Ted Wilson
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A team from Saudi Arabia sent to help investigate the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi worked instead to remove evidence, a senior Turkish official has said.

Turkey believes Khashoggi's body was dismembered, while other reports suggest it was dissolved in acid.

Erdogan said "the 15-man team did not come to Turkey on their own, they came on orders".

The two experts, whom the newspaper described as "cleaners", reportedly visited their country's consulate every day for a week, before leaving Turkey on October 17. A week later Saudi Arabia said the evidence compiled by Turkish investigators actually showed his killing had been "premeditated".

More than a month after their father's death, the sons of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi have made a plaintive appeal for the return of his body, saying he should be buried in the Saudi city where he was born in a cemetery alongside his relatives.

The reactor launched on November 5 is among 16 that Saudi officials, citing archrival Iran's continued development of nuclear energy, have said they plan to build over the next two decades at a cost of $80 billion.

Mr Aiban, who is president of the official Human Rights Commission of Saudi Arabia, said the kingdom was constantly striving to promote and protect human rights "driven by the honourable principles and provisions of Islamic sharia and the traditional values of our society".

Prince Alwaleed was detained previous year along with dozens of other Saudi businessmen, royals and officials in what officials said was part of a campaign to crack down on corruption.

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Timely leaks to the press from Turkish government sources, along with more official statements, have forced the Saudis to repeatedly backtrack and tacitly admit their role in Khashoggi's grisly death.

Salah, who was believed to have been subject to a travel ban preventing him form leaving the kingdom, flew to Washington DC with Abdullah, their two sisters and respective families two weeks ago, just after he was pictured shaking hands with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after being summoned to one of Riyadh's royal palaces.

Khashoggi's remains are still missing.

He said King Salman assured him that those involved in Jamal Khashoggi's murder would be brought to justice.

Turkey's chief prosecutor said last week that Khashoggi's body was dismembered after he was strangled.

Saudi Arabian billionaire Prince Alwaleed bin Talal attends the investment conference in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 23, 2018.

The campaign came after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan pointed out in his op-ed in the Washington Post last Friday that Saudi Arabia has yet to answer a whole array of questions pertaining to Khashoggi's killing.

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