US President Donald Trump has scolded Saudi Arabia for journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder and badly executed cover-up, calling it a "total fiasco from day one", while still hedging around condemning the Saudi government.
Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has said he would not let those responsible for Khashoggi's killing escape justice, and has urged Saudi Arabia to search from "top to bottom" to uncover those behind the killing.
In contrast with reports citing Turkish officials, it claimed the death was an accident and the result of a fistfight during a rogue operation unknown to the Saudi leadership and intelligence services.
The hit squad reportedly tortured Khashoggi, cut his fingers off and decapitated him with a bone saw brought from Saudi Arabia for that goal, according to Turkish media.
Erdogan said 15 Saudi officials arrived in the country before Khashoggi's death.
"I want to send them a message that they can not do this as long as there is a king named Salman bin Abdul Aziz and a crown prince named Mohammed bin Salman in Saudi Arabia, and a president in Turkey named Erdogan".
He is also a former editor of the Saudi newspaper al-Watan and had worked with Prince Alwaleed bin Talal, a grandson of the first Saudi king who was detained previous year as part of what the authorities said was an anti-corruption campaign. But he also said consequences for Saudi Arabia would be decided by congress in consultation with himself.
In a joint statement with foreign ministers of the other G7 nations, he called for a "thorough, credible, transparent, and prompt investigation by Saudi Arabia", in "full collaboration" with Turkey. "The criminal investigation continues in Turkey". "The incident is not justifiable", he said. "This is at [King Salman's] discretion but this is my suggestion".
Reports also said on October 24 that Saudi authorities had denied permission for Turkish police to search a well in the consulate's garden. "If his body was given to a local collaborator, who is he?"
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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo met the Saudi king and crown prince to discuss the issue. Khashoggi of his hometown Medina, set off a paper chase that ultimately ended in death.
New CCTV emerged of Mr Khashoggi - whose son also met the prince's father King Salman - at a block of flats with Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz, hours before he was killed. Until now, media have been updated with a steady stream of reports by anonymous Turkish officials.
Erdogan's address coincided with the start of an investment conference in Saudi Arabia that was briefly attended by the Saudi crown prince. On Monday, Mr. Trump said he isn't satisfied with what he's heard from the Saudis.
But, he said in a keynote speech on Tuesday, the murder was meticulously planned, demanding that all those involved brought to justice.
After two weeks of Saudi denials, diplomats eventually admitted Khashoggi was "mistakenly" killed during a brawl in the consulate.
According to Assiri, members of Khashoggi's family have been barred from travelling since the journalist left Saudi Arabia previous year.
But he also said that does not want the United States to lose investments from Riyadh, a close USA ally.