Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death not credible: British minister

Khashoggi: Donald Trump Says He Is 'Not Satisfied' With Saudi Account Of Journalist's Death

Saudi Arabia said information provided by Turkey helped the Kingdom reveal the truth about Khashoggi's murder.

U.S. President Trump criticized Saudi Arabia's explanation for the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, saying that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies".

Turkish government sources have claimed that Mr Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the Saudi government, was tortured and murdered by a hit squad flown in from Riyadh. He changed his tone once again late this week, raising the prospect of sanctions against Riyadh.

Mr Khashoggi, a United States resident and Washington Post columnist, disappeared on Oct 2 after he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage to Ms Hatice Cengiz.

"Yet there remains an urgent need for clarification of exactly what happened on October 2nd - beyond the hypotheses that have been raised so far in the Saudi investigation, which need to be backed by facts to be considered credible", the statement said.

"Their stories are all over the place", Trump said.

Saudi Arabia is the UK's key ally in the region and also a significant trading partner.

Trump initially said he found the explanation credible, but later expressed more scepticism - although he warned against scrapping a multibillion-dollar arms deal with the conservative kingdom.

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"He was killed in the consulate".

Qahtani was one of five officials Saudi King Salman has fired, according to Saudi state media, following the global controversy over Khashoggi's disappearance. The events "still haven't been cleared up and of course we demand that they be cleared up", she said Saturday.

He said the case should be brought to an worldwide court as Saudi Arabia, as an authoritarian state on its way to reform, would likely hide the truth, as well as the murder mastermind, considering that its national interests were at stake.

In a statement Friday night, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said the US will closely follow worldwide investigations into Khashoggi's death and will advocate for justice that is "timely, transparent and in accordance with all due process".

He said 18 Saudis had been arrested and two top aides of Prince Mohammed had been sacked, together with three other intelligence agents.

But following "reports we were getting from Turkey", Saudi authorities began an investigation, which discovered he was killed in the diplomatic mission.

Turan Kislakci, president of the Turkish Arab Media Association, said Khashoggi was "slaughtered by bloody murderers" and that his group wants "true justice" for its slain colleague.

Pro-government Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak, citing the audio, said his torturers cut off his fingers during an interrogation and later beheaded him.

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