United Nations official: Khashoggi was victim of an extrajudicial execution


A columnist for The Washington Post, Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Saudi Arabia initially denied any part in the murder, but backtracked following an global outcry over the crisis and blamed "rogue agents" for his death.

The CIA's Haspel heard an audio recording of Khashoggi's death during a trip to Turkey this week, sources told Reuters.

At the same time, Trump and his top advisers have repeatedly said the broader U.S. -Saudi relationship shouldn't be ruptured over the killing of Khashoggi, a 59-year-old U.S. -based critic of the Saudi government. He was there to pick up marriage papers, with his fiancée waiting outside in their auto.

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

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It remains to be seen what next steps France, the United Kingdom , and the USA take as Turkish investigators reveal more details. In an interview with the Washington Post , Trump said that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies".

The report said King Salman and Prince Mohammed offered their condolences to the family of the Saudi journalist.

Saudi Arabia has sought to draw a line under the crisis over Khashoggi's murder, but has come under mounting pressure from sceptical world powers demanding answers and the whereabouts of his body.

Mevlut Cavusoglu is Turkey's foreign minister.

"On this occasion, and from this place where the spirit of Jamal has been lost, we clearly state that we will not accept compromises in the case of his murder", the group outside the consulate said in a statement, read out in Arabic, Turkish and English.

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That report will help recommend a guideline range so that Judge Ellis can determine what sentence to impose. He faced a separate trial in Washington but pleaded guilty instead to two conspiracy counts.

The kingdom admitted on Saturday - 18 days after the incident - that Khashoggi indeed died in the consulate but blamed the death on a "fistfight" and said more than a dozen people were being questioned. The Saudi royal family has denied involvement, instead scapegoating a number of Saudi agents who they say are responsible for the murder.

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a USA -backed regional bloc against Iran but the crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. Dozens of Western officials, bankers and executives shunned a big investment conference in Riyadh this week.

Salah Khashoggi, who holds dual U.S. -Saudi citizenship and had thus far been under a travel ban, departed Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

Human Rights Watch confirmed yesterday that the murdered journalist's son, Salah, and his family had finally left Saudi Arabia after months spent under a travel ban imposed because of his father's criticism of the country's leadership. USA intelligence officials and lawmakers as well as the European Union have said that an operation targeting a critic of the royal court in a foreign country is unlikely to have been ordered without the knowledge of senior Saudi officials.

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The prince is next in line for the throne held by his aged father King Salman. Trump on Thursday acknowledged Khashoggi likely is dead .