Salah Khashoggi: Picture of handshake with Crown Prince misinterpreted

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia has acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed by Saudi agents but insisted that the suspects, who it says are in custody in the kingdom, were not acting on the government's authority.

But even as worldwide 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.

Vice President Fuat Oktay said Monday that reports of acid being used to get rid of Khashoggi's body need to be investigated.

Istanbul's chief prosecutor, who is leading the investigation, announced last week that Mr Khashoggi, who lived in exile in the U.S., was strangled immediately after he entered the consulate.

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The senior Turkish official confirmed the main details of the report and said the Saudi team was sent with the knowledge of top Saudi officials.

Khashoggi was murdered inside the consulate on October 2, Turkey has said, but Saudi Arabia only allowed Turkish police to finally search the consulate on October 15.

He said King Salman assured him that those involved in Jamal Khashoggi's murder would be brought to justice. "Everyone is saying a different story", he said, referring to media reports and claims circulating on social media networks.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2.

His brother Salah said, "All what we want right now is to bury him in Al Baqi in Medina with the rest of his family", referencing a cemetery in Saudi Arabia.

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Saudi Arabia has been castigated over its dismal human rights record at the United Nations Human Rights Council, as the Arab kingdom faces a torrent of widespread worldwide condemnation over the "premeditated" gruesome killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its consulate in Istanbul last month.

Saudi Arabia had refused Turkey's requests to search the diplomatically-protected consulate until October 17, when they finally allowed it.

According to Turkish officials, Khashoggi was beheaded, dismembered and killed inside the embassy.

"Uzbekistan and Algeria for example, patted Saudi Arabia on the back for the progress that they said Saudi Arabia had made, for example under the Crown Prince's vision 2030 which they say upholds human rights", Brennan said.

Six Saudi officials have been dismissed and 18 people arrested in connection with the killing, which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denounced as "repulsive".

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Two of the team of 11 investigators, which included chemistry and toxicology specialists, "came to Turkey for the sole objective of covering up evidence", said the official.

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