Saudi Crown Prince to give first speech since Khashoggi's death

Saudi Arabia had maintained Jamal Khashoggi had left the Istanbul consulate but on Saturday acknowledged he was killed there in a

Saudi Arabia had maintained Jamal Khashoggi had left the Istanbul consulate but on Saturday acknowledged he was killed there in a"fistfight

"These penalties will not be the last word on this matter", Pompeo told reporters at the State Department.

The Saudi officials who spoke to the AP acknowledged that the kingdom sent a team to Turkey, but said the men were acting on a directive issued by King Salman's predecessor, King Abdullah, to bring Saudi dissidents overseas back to the kingdom - ostensibly to take part in a "national dialogue" over the country's future.

Trump had previously suggested that the Saudi explanation for Khashoggi's death was credible.

The secretary also said the US was considering taking action, such as imposing financial sanctions, under the Magnitsky Act.

Turkish President Tayipp Erdogan is shedding light on his government's probe into the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "Covering up this kind of savagery will hurt the conscience of all humanity", he said, per the Washington Post.

The Turkish leader said "to blame such an incident on a handful of security and intelligence members would not satisfy us or the worldwide community".

Erdogan is now calling on the Saudi royal family to allow Turkey to order the suspects involved in Khashoggi's death to stand trial in Istanbul.

Trump said the Saudis had a "very bad original concept" in killing the 59-year-old Saudi insider-turned-critic.

Asked about Prince Mohammed's possible involvement, Mr Trump said: "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

"I would say it was a total fiasco from day one".

FILE - Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain, Feb. 1, 2015.

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.

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Meanwhile, Pence said he wants "to assure the American people that we're going to get to the bottom of it".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said the "savage murder" of the journalist was meticulously planned, and demanded that all those linked to the killing face punishment.

And to bring to justice those who were responsible for this heinous crime and they will be put before the courts.

The academic explained it was "now well established" 15 people had arrived in Istanbul with the sole objective of killing Mr Khashoggi and Saudi diplomats had been fully aware of the heinous crime.

Khashoggi, who has been working for The Washington Post newspaper and was known for his criticisms of Saudi authorities, went missing in Istanbul on October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate and never came out.

France on Wednesday said it would take "punitive measures" if Saudi Arabia were "proven" to be responsible. Police have searched both areas for evidence of Mr Khashoggi's remains, Reuters has reported. Erdogan said Saudi agents removed the hard drive from the consulate's surveillance system.

The whereabouts of Khashoggi's corpse remain unknown.

A Syrian family is now living in the house in the Termal district, which they have rented, reports said, as police left the residence after collecting evidence for two hours.

The Saudis have said that Khashoggi is dead but said the killing occurred after a fist fight went wrong and blamed a "rogue" operation.

"When the murder is so clear", Erdogan said, "why were so many inconsistent statements made?"

Saudi state media said King Salman fired five officials over the killing carried out by a 15-man hit team, including Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide who ran social media for Prince Mohammed.

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