Saudi Arabia calls Khashoggi killing 'grave mistake,' says Crown prince not aware

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We do not know where the body is.

Germany joined France and the United Kingdom in a call for a "credible" investigation into the disappearance and death of Khashoggi, a prominent critic of Saudi policies, who was last seen entering Saudi consulate on October 2.

"Khashoggi was detained by the Saudi team inside the consulate building".

But critics believe the complex scheme that led to Khashoggi's death could not have occurred without the knowledge of Mohammed bin Salman, the country's powerful 33-year-old crown prince.

Erdogan is expected to make a full statement to his party's MPs in parliament on Tuesday.

As suspicion over his disappearance grew, Saudi authorities offered up a variety of freaky explanations, beginning with an assertion that he had left the consulate unharmed.

On Sunday, the Saudis claimed the initial plan was to kidnap Khashoggi and try and persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia but to release him unharmed if he refused.

Slowly but surely, the facts are coming out - no thanks to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia faced a growing chorus of incredulity on Sunday, with world powers including Britain and France demanding answers and some American politicians calling for tough, concerted action to punish the Saudi royal family if it were proven to be responsible.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced the suspension of weapons sales to Saudi Arabia on the grounds that they can not be done under the "current circumstances", in reference to the Khashoggi case.

In an interview with the Washington Post, Trump said that "obviously there's been deception, and there's been lies".

Three days after the journalist vanished, Prince Mohammed told Bloomberg that Khashoggi was not inside the consulate, adding "we are ready to welcome the Turkish government to go and search our premises".

This came in a telephone call made by the crown prince to Salah Jamal Khashoggi, the son of late Jamal Khashoggi.

Yet nothing the Saudis disclosed Friday explains the insistence by Turkey that it has audio evidence proving Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered minutes after entering the consulate.

He urged U.S. President Donald Trump, the U.S. Congress and the worldwide community to demand evidence of what happened to Mr. Khashoggi.

The crown prince has denied any involvement. "Yes, I think he did it", Bob Corker, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told CNN, referring to the crown prince.

Merkel reiterated her condemnation of the killing at Saudi's consulate in Istanbul, and her earlier call for the kingdom to provide further clarification on the incident and hold those responsible to account.

The official said Saudi statements had changed because of "false information reported internally at the time".

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