United Nations official: Khashoggi was victim of an extrajudicial execution

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An independent United Nations investigator says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" carried out by the Saudi state.

After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl.

From the time he vanished into the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Riyadh's allied newspapers and TV stations across the region echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate or weaved alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by rivals Qatar and Turkey to destabilize the kingdom.

Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment, but Whitson said that they were apparently allowed to leave after a travel ban on Salah was lifted.

CIA Director Gina Haspel on Thursday briefed Trump on the evidence about Khashoggi's death that she reviewed during a trip to Turkey.

The reports have claimed Khashoggi was tortured and killed by a 15-member "hit squad" from Saudi Arabia.

During the vigil, a friend of Khashoggi and advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, said that "no one can sweep this affair under the rug".

President Donald Trump had initially said that explanation was credible, but in recent days expressed doubts, calling it "the worst coverup ever".

Turkey puts fiancee of slain journalist Khashoggi under 24-hour protection
King Salman, 82, has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to him. "We are determined to find out all the facts". Turkish President Erdogan is expected on Tuesday to give details of Turkey's investigation into Khashoggi's fate.

The arrests were accompanied by an announcement that King Salman was placing his son, Mohammed, in charge of restructuring the Saudi intelligence apparatus - a move that all but ended speculation that the crown prince would be sanctioned.

However, Trump also said that he wanted to believe that rogue operatives were behind the Khashoggi killing.

The death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of de facto Saudi ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, has sparked global outrage and mushroomed into a crisis for the world's top oil exporter and strategic ally of the West.

Turkish media have also published a security camera image allegedly showing a vehicle belonging to the Saudi Consulate "scouting" a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul before Khashoggi was killed. "Where is it?" Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Palestinian counterpart.

An official at Turkey's presidential palace told Bloomberg, however, that while Turkey wants the crime to be uncovered, it had no interest in interfering in Saudi internal affairs or trying to influence who becomes the next king. The Turks have identified a Saudi forensics specialist who is an expert in mobile autopsies and who had traveled to Istanbul the day Khashoggi was planning to visit the consulate.

The United States has already taken some steps toward punishing the suspects detained or fired by Saudi Arabia, revoking their visas.

"We will continue to demand that all authorities across the Middle East immediately release all opinion leaders and political prisoners".

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