In Khashoggi case: Saudi calls, ‘body double’ after killing

New bombshell in Jamal Khashoggi murder links Saudi Crown Prince

The Latest: Khashoggi's Fiancée Put Under Police Protection

Five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are giving statements as witnesses under an investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Monday.

Saudi's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said to U.S. broadcaster Fox: "This was an operation that was a rogue operation".

A man appearing to wear Jamal Khashoggi's clothes left the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul following his killing there, according to a surveillance video, while a member of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage made four calls to the royal's office around the same time, reports said Monday.

Turkish pro-government media say a hit squad traveled from Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul after he entered the building on October 2.

Turkish officials suspect Mr Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate by the team of Saudi agents and his body cut up.

After two weeks denying any involvement in the 59-year-old's disappearance, Saudi Arabia on Saturday said Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince, died during a fight in the building.

Sources have told MEE that Khashoggi was tortured, murdered and dismembered by a hit squad of 15 Saudis sent to Istanbul to kill him.

The €416 million ($479 million/£367 million) of arms exports Germany approved to Saudi Arabia for this year pales in comparison to the arrangement between the U.S. and the kingdom.

Hollywood, too, has been reassessing its ties to Saudi Arabia, where the crown prince recently lifted a ban on movie theaters.

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Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner in midtown Manhattan, Haley said, "I'm proud to be very close to the Jewish community". Haley later poked fun at the lack of free press in Iran saying, "They still think John Kerry is secretary of state".

However, a leading U.S. Senate Republican said the Saudi explanation, which followed initial denials from the kingdom that it knew anything about Khashoggi's fate, wasn't credible.

Turkish authorities have put the fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi under 24-hour police protection, the state-run Anadolu news agency said yesterday.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that they can not be done under the "current circumstances", in reference to the Khashoggi case. He also said Prince Mohammed was not responsible.

The Saudi kingdom also has the death penalty for homosexuality, among other human rights outrages.

"Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies", Mr Trump said on the shifting accounts offered by Riyadh.

Late Sunday, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said Trump and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed "the circumstances" around Khashoggi's "tragic death" in a phone call, without offering further details.

Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), during an appearance Sunday on CNN's "State of the Union", said Saudi Arabia had "lost all credibility as it relates to explaining what happened" to Khashoggi and believed the crown prince was involved.

But doubts remain in the global community over whether the admission really means that the Saudi government is willing to come clean, especially over any involvement by the crown prince.

"As long as these investigations are ongoing, as long as we don't know what has happened there, there is no basis on which we can take positive decisions for arms exports to Saudi Arabia". I'm going to tell you in a very different way on Tuesday. We are determined to find out all the facts.

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