CCTV footage appears to show Khashoggi body double in Istanbul

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Erdogan said Khashoggi's death was the result of a "ferocious" premeditated murder, rejecting Saudi Arabia's claim that the journalist's killing was accidental.

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States and wrote critically about the Saudi royal family, died earlier this month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Before Riyadh's admission, Turkish sources said a team of 15 Saudis were sent to Istanbul and killed Khashoggi, a critic of the crown prince who moved to the United States a year ago and wrote for the Washington Post. However, he said he would visit Riyadh as planned for talks with his counterpart on joint efforts to counter terrorist financing and plans by Washington to reimpose sanctions against Iran in November. Surveillance footage on TRT showed what Turkish security officials described as suspicious actions, including an image of a man moving a bag from one vehicle to another.

He was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October.

Saudi Arabia today said that it had no plans to repeat its harsh 1973 oil embargo, even as relations with the West sour following the killing of Khashoggi.

"I don't know who is behind these claims, or their intentions, nor do I care frankly".

The prince contacted Khashoggi shortly after he was detained inside the consulate, Turkish pro-government paper Yeni Safak reported on Sunday, citing its own sources. The newspaper said the four calls went to Bader al-Asaker, the head of Prince Mohammed's office. A statement from the Saudi public prosecutor said a fight broke out between Khashoggi and people who met him in the consulate, leading to his death.

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King Salman similarly made a condolence call as worldwide pressure on the kingdom continues to rise, even after it acknowledged on Saturday that the Washington Post journalist was killed October 2 at the consulate under still-disputed circumstances.

Some Turkish employees reportedly said they were instructed not to go to work around the time Mr Khashoggi disappeared.

Indonesian President Joko Widodo called for a "transparent and thorough" investigation of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi at a meeting on Monday with Saudi Arabia's foreign minister, the foreign minister of the Asian nation said. "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", Jubeir said on the USA broadcaster Fox.

Five Turkish employees of the Saudi consulate in Istanbul are giving statements as witnesses under an investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkish broadcaster NTV said on Monday. That is unacceptable in any government.

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland in a statement on Saturday criticized Saudi Arabia's explanation regarding the killing of Khashoggi. In a Washington Post interview on Saturday, US President Donald Trump said there had been "deception" and "lies" in Saudi Arabia's explanation, having previously said he found their narrative to be credible.

"We're going to know a lot over the next two days about the Saudi situation", said Trump, who spoke with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman on Sunday. As part of an agreement to form a coalition government earlier this year, Merkel and her center-left partners stated that Germany would not approve further arms exports to countries "so long as they are immediately involved in the war in Yemen".

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