King Salman, MbS tour Saudi Arabia as Khashoggi crisis rages overseas

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King Salman, MbS tour Saudi Arabia as Khashoggi crisis rages overseas

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Tuesday his government has more information about the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and that it will likely make the evidence public after investigations of his death have been completed.

The comments on Monday by the senior official echo a report in Turkey's daily Sabah newspaper that Saudi Arabia allegedly sent chemist Ahmed Abdulaziz Aljanobi and toxicology expert Khaled Yahya al-Zahran as part of a delegation tasked with erasing evidence in the consulate.

Beginning on October 12, the two men visited the Saudi Consulate regularly for a week, the paper reported.

The sons of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi have asked Saudi authorities to return the body of their father so the family can properly grieve, they told CNN in an interview aired on Sunday.

"Khashoggi's body was not in need of burying", the official said, according to The Post.

Saudi Arabia's conflicting accounts of Khashoggi's killing have prompted an worldwide outcry against the world's top oil exporter, upending the young crown prince's global image as a reformer.

Turkish investigators were not allowed into the consulate, which is considered Saudi sovereign territory, until Oct 15.

Meanwhile, several dozen members of the Saudi elite are believed to still be imprisoned one year after Mohammed bin Salman, the crown prince, ordered widespread arrests of princes and business leaders.

A campaign to boycott Amazon is picking up steam in Saudi Arabia on Twitter among people unhappy with The Washington Post's coverage of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The group paid over $100 billion in settlements for what Saudi authorities said were corruption charges.

Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has said that Khashoggi's murder by Saudi agents was premeditated and that the order to kill him "came from the highest levels of the Saudi government", though he has not specified who he thinks was responsible. "It's easier to stick a label on him", Abdullah said in response to these claims.

Ankara has also demanded Riyadh co-operate in finding Mr. Khashoggi's body, which Istanbul's chief prosecutor said had been dismembered.

But even as global powers put pressure on the Crown Prince to get to the bottom of Khashoggi's murder, it's unlikely to hurt his ascension to the throne, said Neil Quilliam, who directs the Future Dynamics in the Gulf project at the Chatham House think tank in London.

Saudi Arabia now draws on its abundant oil and natural-gas resources to meet its fast-growing demand for power and to desalinate its water. 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.

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