Erdogan accuses Saudi agents of killing dissident journalist

Saudi agent seen on video leaving consulate wearing missing journalist's clothing

In Washington, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that Saudi authorities had staged "one of the worst cover-ups" in history with their response to the killing of Khashoggi, 59, a US -based Saudi dissident. "It was carried out poorly and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups", he said.

"Where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, when they thought about it", he continued. "Somebody really messed up", Trump said Tuesday.

Saudi Arabia has claimed that Khashoggi died accidentally in a brawl at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Even in the face of ugly details of Jamal Khashoggi's slaying, Trump has resisted calls to cut off arms sales to the kingdom and has been reluctant to antagonize the Saudi rulers. In the Saudi capital of Riyadh, the king and Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman delivered their personal condolences to Khashoggi's grieving son and brother.

"He was pretty rough on Saudi Arabia, I would say", said President Trump.

Erdogan said: "It is clear that there was a premeditated roadmap and some of the staff of the consulate hurried back into their country afterwards".

"I know that from a certain standpoint, you can also say, well, it doesn't matter, because it is a bad thing".

"In terms of what we ultimately do I'm going to leave it very much - in conjunction with me - up to Congress", Trump told reporters Tuesday in the Oval Office.

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Saudi Arabia said on Saturday that Khashoggi was involved in "a physical confrontation, which resulted in his death". He said on Sunday he would speak to Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman "very soon" before deciding what to do.

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Saudi authorities acknowledged on Saturday that Khashoggi was killed October 2 at the consulate under still-disputed circumstances.

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"These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called it a "brutal" and "political murder" that requires an independent investigation and trial.

A United States official said CIA Director Gina Haspel is in Turkey to review the case of the slain writer.

In a statement to the Saudi Press Agency following the session, Minister of Media Awwad Al-Awwad said the Cabinet underscored that Saudi Arabia was founded on an approach derived from the tolerant Islamic Shariah whose provisions are based on the realization of truth as well as the establishment and consolidation of the foundations and values of justice. If their involvement was proven, Mr Trump said: "I would be very upset about it". Erdogan said Saudi agents removed the hard drive from the consulate's surveillance system.

"Neither the Vienna Convention nor other worldwide laws allow the investigation into such a brutal murder to be cloaked behind the shield of diplomatic immunity", the president said.

Dozens of top business leaders from around the world have pulled out of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's showcase event, known as "Davos in the desert", as questions mount over the Saudi government's role in the death of the Washington Post columnist and U.S. resident.

"Covering up a savage murder like this will only hurt the human conscience".

On the day of Khashoggi's disappearance, 15 other Saudis, including several officials, arrived in Istanbul on two planes and visited the consulate while he was still inside, according to Turkish police sources. Conference attendees greeted the crown prince with a standing ovation, The New York Times reported. "Who are these people receiving orders from?"

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