Erdogan calls for trial of Saudi Khashoggi killing suspects in Turkey

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

The United States announced Tuesday that it was revoking visas of almost two dozen Saudi officials involved in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in the toughest action to date against its longtime ally, as President Donald Trump called the killing the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups". "It's very simple. Bad deal, should have never been thought of".

It has said Mr Khashoggi died in a "fist fight" at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

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. Striking that he said he believed King Salman was honest, but did not say same of Crown Prince.

Trump characterized Erdogan's remarks as "pretty rough", though he said "I haven't gotten a full recap".

Erdogan refused to accept Saudi Arabia's explanation that the Saudi journalist was accidentally killed.

Turkey's president says Saudi officials plotted for days to kill reporter Jamal Khashoggi in Saudi Arabia's diplomatic offices in Istanbul.

In a news conference at the State Department in Washington, Mr Pompeo said that he and the president were "not happy with the situation".

However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has rejected their account of what happened and said that Khashoggi was murdered in a pre-planned operation, directed by top Saudi officials.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel travelled to Turkey earlier this week and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo visited the country along with Saudi arabica on a fact-finding mission.

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"The Saudi administration has taken an important step by admitting to the murder". "This kind of brutality is against the collective human conscience".

He also said that cameras at the consulate had been removed the day before the team's arrival.

Turkey's foreign minister has said the country would co-operate with worldwide bodies if they were to launch an independent probe into the Khashoggi's killing.

Mr Trump said the Khashoggi matter was handled badly by Saudi officials.

The Turkish president said Saudi Arabia admitted to the killing.

Erdoğan spoke of the "sincerity" of Saudi Arabia's King Salman in the investigation so far but made no mention of his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who, it is believed, was probably aware of and possibly even ordered the silencing of his prominent critic.

While Mr Erdogan stopped short of making direct accusations, his speech adds to pressure on Riyadh, which has been facing a wave of global scepticism since claiming over the weekend that Crown Prince Mohammed was not involved in the killing.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Hunt said the British government condemned the murder of the journalist "in the strongest possible terms" and expressed concerns that his "horrific treatment was inflicted by people who work for a government with whom we have close relations".

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