'We don't know where the body is' - Saudi FM on Jamal Khashoggi


Amplifying calls for justice in the mysterious death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who Saudi Arabia claims was killed in a brawl after he entered its consulate in Turkey earlier this month, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich gave a blistering response.

"This is a bad tragedy", said Saudi foreign minister Jubeir in a statement to FOX. Turkish media reports and officials say a 15-member Saudi team flew to Istanbul, laid in wait for Khashoggi at the consulate and then cut off his fingers, killed and dismembered the 59-year-old writer.

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 statement Sunday, the governments said attacks on journalists were unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations".

He said he would "love" it if the Crown Prince was not responsible for the murder.

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Gingrich speculates that the USA will implement sanctions and that in private, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is likely "saying pretty aggressively you guys have got to come up with the truth".

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"He was killed in the consulate".

The prosecutor last week heard from 15 consulate employees, who were taken as "witnesses", according to the Anadolu Agency news service in a report on Friday. "But I want to get to the answer", Trump told reporters this weekend, when asked about the Saudi investigation and Riyadh's firing of officials over the incident. Richard J. Durbin (D-Ill.) said the Saudi ambassador should be formally expelled from the United States if an investigation shows the crown prince's involvement.

"The Turks have been talking more to the media than they have (to) us", Corker said of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation ally.

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The Saudi official presented what he said were Saudi internal intelligence documents which appeared to show the initiative to bring back dissidents as well as the specific one involving Mr Khashoggi.

The announcement on Sunday by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan that he will "go into detail" about the Khashoggi case in a speech in parliament heightened hopes for some clarity in a case that has been shrouded in mystery, conflicting accounts and shocking allegations since Khashoggi, a critic of Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after entering the consulate on Oct 2.

Saudi authorities have said Khashoggi died in an "altercation" with Saudi officials at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

The official said Saudi statements had changed because of "false information reported internally at the time".

TRT World's Ben Said has more.

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