USA lawmakers question Saudi explanation of Khashoggi's death

USA lawmakers question Saudi explanation of Khashoggi's death

Turkish police and crime scene investigators conducted searches in the Saudi consulate, the residence of the Saudi consul general as well as a forest in Istanbul, trying to find the body of Khashoggi, who has been missing since entering the Saudi consulate on October 2. He also said that Prince Mohammed, defacto ruler of Saudi Arabia, was not responsible.

Prince Mohammed has promoted reforms within his kingdom, but some in Washington have cast skepticism on his intentions. He's later told to return October 2, his fiancée Hatice Cengiz says.

This surveillance footage is another piece of evidence in the mysterious case of what happened to Khashoggi after he entered the consulate nearly three weeks ago.

CNN aired the footage on Monday, citing a Turkish official as describing the man as a "body double" and a member of a 15-man Saudi team sent to Istanbul to target the writer. Others arrive via commercial flights, Turkish officials say. She alerted authorities after the Washington Post columnist didn't emerge from the building.

Khasoggi reportedly entered the building at 1:14 p.m. while his fiancee waited outside.

-3:07 p.m.: Surveillance footage shows vehicles with diplomatic license plates leaving the Saudi Consulate for the consul general's home some 2 kilometres (1.2 miles) away. That night, Prince Mohammed tells Bloomberg: "We have nothing to hide".

Omar Abdulaziz, a 27-year-old Saudi activist exiled in Canada, said he was approached earlier this year by Saudi officials who urged him to visit their embassy with them to collect a new passport.

-Oct. 5: The Post prints a blank column in its newspaper in solidarity with Khashoggi, headlined: "A missing voice".

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and wrote critically about the Saudi royal family, died earlier this month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

But under massive global pressure, Riyadh finally admitted Mr Khashoggi died inside it following a punch up. The consulate rejects what it calls "baseless allegations".

So how has Saudi Arabia changed its story since Khashoggi's disappearance was first reported?

"The president conveyed his concerns about the case, and said that Indonesia hopes that the investigation will be conducted transparently and thoroughly", Indonesian Foreign Affairs Minister Retno Marsudi said.

Madani's role as an alleged Khashoggi body double is the latest in the evolving investigation into the killing. The existence of such evidence has been reported in Turkish media in a series of leaks, though Turkish officials have yet to confirm they have recordings.

According to the senior Saudi official, the Saudi team rolled up Khashoggi's body in a rug, took it out in a consular vehicle and handed it to a "local cooperator" for disposal. I'm going to tell you in a very different way on Tuesday. Saudi Arabia is Germany's second-largest weapons customer, according to official data reported by German news agency DPA. The Saudi stock exchange plunges as much as 7 per cent at one point.

The UK, France and Germany have denounced writer Jamal Khashoggi's killing, demanding urgent clarification from Saudi Arabia over his death. The president has raised the possibility of imposing sanctions but said halting an arms deal would "hurt us more than it would hurt them".

Jones also asked Kushner what he thought about critics who have suggested that the crown prince felt emboldened to order Khashoggi's death because of his relationship with Kushner.

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