Saudi Foreign Minister says global outcry over Khashoggi 'hysterical'

Saudi Foreign Minister says global outcry over Khashoggi 'hysterical'

Saudi Foreign Minister says global outcry over Khashoggi 'hysterical'

Condemning the journalist's killing, the protest convener, Peter Nkanga, stated that the world was stunned by the October 2 bestial murder of Khashoggi by the Saudi authorities in the premises of the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Turkey.

"The case of journalist Khashoggi is, of course, something incredible, I told the Saudi king yesterday in our telephone conversation", Merkel said at a press conference with Czech prime minister Andrej Babis.

Saudi Arabia, which had initially said the Washington Post columnist left the consulate alive, came closer Thursday to acknowledging that his murder was premeditated as worldwide pressure piles on the kingdom to hold the culprits to account and help locate his body.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan also urged Saudi Arabia on Friday to disclose who ordered Khashoggi's murder, as well as the location of his body, heightening worldwide pressure on the kingdom to come clean on the case.

Al-Jubeir addressed the mounting skepticism around the crown prince's alleged involvement.

"Order the reopening of impartial, independent, and transparent investigations into the murders of all journalists killed in the country and ensure their killers don't go unpunished".

"We're trying to uncover what happened". Do we know how many people have died in similar circumstances at Saudi Embassies and Consulates around the world?

But he cautioned that "investigations take time".

Turkish investigators said they are in possession of recordings that show Khashoggi was tortured before his death and his body dismembered with a bone saw by a Saudi hit squad.

Turkish officials who were fast to begin conducting investigations into the matter, believe Khashoggi was killed by a group of Saudi agents while in the consulate. Al-Jubeir on Saturday said six in total were dismissed.

Mr Trump also said it was "possible" Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not know about the killing.

Saudi Arabia's slow shift to reveal more details about the killing also reflects the kingdom's acknowledgement that the killing could have a serious diplomatic, and possibly economic impact. "Who gave the order for 15 people to come to Turkey?" he said, referring to a 15-man Saudi security team Turkey has said flew into Istanbul hours before the killing.

Al-Jubeir appeared to rejected that notion.

"On the issue of extradition, the individuals are Saudi nationals".

Saudi officials have also said he was accidentally killed in a botched security operation to return him to the kingdom.

After three weeks of shifting Saudi accounts around the incident, the kingdom this week acknowledged that the killing was "premeditated", citing evidence from investigating Turkish officials.

"They had a very bad original concept, it was carried out poorly and the cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups", he told reporters last week.

US CIA Director Gina Haspel heard the audio during a visit to Turkey this week, sources told Reuters, and has briefed Trump about Turkey's findings and her discussions.

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