Turkey: Saudi Investigators Worked to Remove Evidence

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A week later Saudi Arabia said the evidence compiled by Turkish investigators actually showed his killing had been "premeditated".

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.

The report said chemist Ahmed Abdulaziz Aljanobi and toxicologist Khaled Yahya Al Zahrani were a part of the 11-member Saudi team that arrived in Istanbul on October 11, according to "reliable sources".

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman receive the Khashoggi family in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia October 23, 2018.

The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and officials from his ruling AK party have reiterated their belief in recent days that the "highest levels" of the Saudi establishment must have ordered the journalist's killing, as well as allegations that Saudi Arabia is incapable of carrying out an independent and unbiased criminal investigation.

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"The Saudi government's long-standing repression of critics, exemplified by the extrajudicial execution of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, has until recently been willfully ignored by United Nations member states". The Wall Street Journal reported that his arrest came in the weeks after Prince Alwaleed was detained under the kingdom's corruption crackdown last November.

"Jamal Khashoggi's abduction and murder are extremely troubling", said the Gates Foundation in a statement.

Other companies, however, have pledged to continue working with the kingdom.

Egypt's ambassador Alaa Youssef praised Saudi Arabia's efforts to confront terrorism and radicalism.

The comments by Masayoshi Son, whose conglomerate has close ties to the kingdom, threatened to overshadow the firm's results, which saw an eight-fold jump in net profits.

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The fund, which holds investments in WeWork and Slack, is an investment vehicle focused on emerging technology.

Son said SoftBank was "deeply saddened" by the news of Khashoggi's murder, which he condemned as "a horrific and deeply regrettable act". "People are throwing analysis that may direct us away from the truth", he added.

However, when grilled on our nation's involvement, Trump declined to say if the deaths would make him rethink the arms deal with Saudi Arabia, although he made it clear that using US provided bombs to kill civilians bothered him.

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 felt they received them sincerely", he said.

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