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Turkey Officials Say Saudi Investigators Scrubbed Evidence Of Khashoggi Killing

Turkey Officials Say Saudi Investigators Scrubbed Evidence Of Khashoggi Killing

During Monday's review, Western countries especially voiced outrage at the killing, with many calling for a "credible" and "transparent" investigation, and some, like Iceland and Costa Rica, going further and demanding an worldwide probe.

"The leadership in the kingdom expressed their pain for the murder of citizen Jamal Khashoggi", Bandar al-Aiban, the head of Saudi Arabia's Human Rights Commission, said in Geneva.

Abdulaziz Almoayyad, a Saudi human rights activist told Al Jazeera from Dublin that due to the global outcry over Khashoggi's murder, Saudi Arabia is now treading more carefully.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman, was killed inside his country's consulate in Istanbul on October 2 after he went there to get documents for his upcoming marriage.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said in an op-ed in the Washington Post last week that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government and added that the worldwide community had the responsibility to "reveal the puppet masters" behind the slaying.

"All that we want now is to bury him in Medina with the rest of his family", Salah, 33, said.

"I ask Saudi Arabia now publicly, through your program, to have the investigation made public as soon as possible so whereby I believe the Saudi Crown Prince will be 100 percent vindicated and exonerated", he added. Turkish officials and some U.S. lawmakers have said that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the murder, an allegation that Riyadh denies.

On Saturday, Sabah newspaper, which is close to the Turkish government, said Khashoggi's body - which still hasn't been found - was dismembered and removed from the Saudi Consulate in five suitcases.

The kingdom maintains that Khashoggi's body was wrapped in a rug and disposed of by a "local collaborator" who has not been identified.

A Saudi-led coalition airstrike on a school bus, that killed 40 children and maimed dozens of others in the busy market town of Dhahyan in northern Yemen on August 9, is not Washington's fault, Donald Trump stated in an interview with Axios on Sunday.

"I see a lot of people coming out right now and trying to claim his legacy and unfortunately some of them are using that in a political way that we totally don't agree with", Salah Khashoggi said. "It is a mystery", he said. That everybody is seeking for information just as we do.

However, he added: "As terrible as this event was, we can not turn our backs on the Saudi people as we work to help them in their continued efforts to reform and modernise their society". "It's confusing and hard".

"It's not a normal situation, it's not a normal death at all".

Still, the brothers expressed confidence in Saudi King Salman.

He said King Salman assured him that those involved in Jamal Khashoggi's murder would be brought to justice. "And I have faith in that".