Saudi king, crown prince meet with family of slain journalist

A portrait of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman is displayed in Riyadh on Monday one day ahead of the Future Investment Initiative. — AFP

A portrait of Crown Prince Muhammad Bin Salman is displayed in Riyadh on Monday one day ahead of the Future Investment Initiative. — AFP

A major Saudi business conference opened in Riyadh on Tuesday morning, with the Future Investment Initiative (FII) overshadowed by the death of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

U.S. President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that Saudi authorities staged the "worst cover-up ever" in the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi this month.

CIA Director Gina Haspel was travelling to Turkey on Monday to help investigate the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, two sources familiar with the matter said, as security agencies examined what role Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman may have played in the case.

According to local media outlets based in the province, one of the vans carrying some members of the Saudi hit squad was filmed in Yalova's Termal district on the day of the disappearance.

Erdogan said a team of Saudi officials had planned Khashoggi's murder days in advance.

Freeland said on Saturday that the kingdom's explanations on the death of Khashoggi at its consulate in Istanbul lacked credibility.

"To blame such an incident on...security and intelligence members would not satisfy us or the global community", Erdogan said in a speech to parliament.

At first, The Saudi government lied that the Washington Post journalist, 60, had left the building alive - but later confessed to his killing, which they claimed happened in a "fist fight".

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Critics have alleged that the arrests are created to absolve Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's heir-apparent, of any responsibility for Khashoggi's death.

It was not immediately clear whether any of the items belonged to Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and Saudi national who disappeared after visiting the consulate in Istanbul.

In another development Monday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin met the Saudi crown prince in Riyadh.

In the hotly anticipated address at the Turkish parliament in Ankara, in which the president had promised to reveal the "naked truth" about what happened to Khashoggi, Erdoğan said he was not satisfied with Riyadh's version of events of what happened and called for the "highest ranked" of those responsible to be brought to justice. That account has been questioned by world leaders, and Turkish officials have leaked accounts of audio recordings indicating the journalist was ambushed, beaten, killed and dismembered.

"Saudi Arabia has taken an important step by admitting the murder".

United States president Donald Trump said he is not satisfied with the explanations he has heard about Mr Khashoggi's death. "To cover up such savagery would hurt the human conscience".

Trump said that afterwards: "We'll know pretty much everything there is to know".

On the day Mr Khashoggi arrived for his appointment and was later killed, the hard disk in the consulate's camera system was removed, Mr Erdogan said.

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