Saudi Arabia vows to prosecute Khashoggi killers, defends rights record at UN

Prince Al-Waleed dubbed the Warren Buffett of Saudi Arabia was among those rounded up and was released in early January after an undisclosed financial agreement with the government

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared at the consulate on October 2.

Cavusoglu said Erdogan had spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman twice after the killing, and that he was sure the king would not give orders to kill someone.

On Monday, a Turkish official said that at least two members of a team that Saudi Arabia sent to investigate Khashoggi's killing were actually there to cover it up.

The official also confirmed the Sabah report which identified the two experts as Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Janobi and Khaled Yahya al-Zahrani.

The Saudi officials tried to rip out a camera inside the Istanbul consulate on October 2, the day Khashoggi disappeared, and days later tampered with cameras at a police security booth in the building, Al-Jazeera reported, citing Turkish media.

According to Saudi Press Agency, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman launched seven strategic projects in renewable energy, atomic energy, water desalination, genetic medicine and the aircraft industry during his visit to King Abdul-Aziz City for Science and Technology on Monday.

On Sunday, a report by a Turkish pro-government newspaper said Khashoggi's body was dismembered and put into five suitcases.

Thousands of Twitter users in Saudi Arabia have pushed for the boycott of Amazon.com and its regional subsidiary to slam the Washington Post for covering the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi; the Washington Post is owned by Amazon chief executive Jeff Bezos.

Saudi authorities denied ordering his death, but admitted that the journalist, who fled the country past year, died in an altercation with several men inside the consulate building, in what Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir described as a "rogue operation". "Or he had a peaceful death", Abdullah Khashoggi told the USA network during the interview in Washington.

"I really hope that whatever happened wasn't painful for him, or it was quick".

Many countries urged Saudi Arabia to introduce a moratorium on the death penalty or to abolish it altogether, and to explicitly ban its use for juvenile offenders.

"We believe that the two individuals came to Turkey for the sole goal of covering up evidence of Jamal Khashoggi's murder before the Turkish police were allowed to search the premises", the official said.

"All persons involved in that crime will be prosecuted", he said, stressing that "the investigation is continuing in line with our domestic laws".

The Saudis' story has changed repeatedly since that time, with the country's public prosecutor saying last week that Khashoggi's killing was premeditated.

Trump's comments about Saudi incompetence are another indication that the United States is turning the heat on Riyadh since the killing of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.

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