Finnish Foreign Ministry demands investigation into Khashoggi's death

This announcement by a spokesman for the governing party in Turkey follows Saudi Arabia's admission that Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

He told the BBC: 'I don't think he would have done this if he hadn't thought he had license from the USA administration to frankly behave as he wished to do so'. Asked whether he thought the Saudi explanation was credible, he replied: "I do". No major decisions in Saudi Arabia are made outside of the ultraconservative kingdom's ruling Al Saud family. "But what happened is unacceptable". Though Trump said Riyadh's account was credible, it drew doubt from some U.S. lawmakers.

"The discussions between Jamal Khashoggi and those he met at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. devolved into a fistfight, leading to his death", the Saudi Press Agency said, citing the public prosecutor.

Khashoggi has not been seen since he entered the Saudi embassy on October 2.

Additionally, 18 Saudi nationals were detained after the initial investigation findings.

The suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was ordered by allies of the kingdom's crown prince, a former head of MI6 has claimed.

US President Donald Trump previously warned he would consider sanctions against Saudi Arabia over Mr Khashoggi, since the apparent confirmation of his death, Trump has said he believed the Saudi explanation to be credible.

But US Senators remain more sceptical of the Saudi account.

On Sunday, Egypt's Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement confirming its support for the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia over the case of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Pro-government Turkish newspaper Yeni Safak has published extracts of said audio in which they say Khashoggi is heard being interrogated and tortured. A Saudi government statement describes the Turkish allegations as "baseless".

It called on Saudi authorities to produce Khashoggi's body so independent forensic experts could perform an autopsy.

The organisation, dedicated to the former king of the Saudi royal family, was launched in 1983.

After days of denying to know his whereabouts, Saudi Arabia on Saturday claimed Khashoggi died during a fight inside the consulate.

'He will have been aware of the general instruction to tell [critics of the regime] to come back'.

On Friday, investigators questioned staff and explored whether his remains could have been dumped outside Istanbul after his suspected killing, Turkish media and a security official said.

Standing outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the head of a media group said the "authority that gave the orders" in the killing of Khashoggi should be punished.

Turkish police and prosecutors this week searched both the consulate as well as the consul's residence in Istanbul.

"I think we're getting close to solving a big problem", Trump told reporters Friday, adding that the kingdom had taken a "big step" in acknowledging the death.

"It's not possible for the Saudi administration to wiggle itself out of this crime if it's confirmed", Kurtulmus said. "And we'll figure it out", Trump added.

"Any attempt to get rid of the pressure on Saudi Arabia and to accept a compromise policy would result in giving a "license to kill" to a Kingdom that puts in jail, lashes, kidnaps and even kills journalists who dare to investigate and launch debates", he tweeted.


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