Khashoggi murder: Shock new footage of killers released - is this journalist’s body?

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A handout picture provided by the Saudi Press Agency (SPA) on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meeting with family members of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Riyadh.

WWE announced Thursday morning that Crown Jewel will take place as scheduled in Saudi Arabia next week, despite the controversy surrounding the Saudi government's involvement in the death of US -based journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions said the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi bears the hallmark of an extrajudicial execution, and those who orchestrated his murder "are high enough to represent the state".

In a newspaper column Ilnur Cevik described the Khashoggi case as a "disgrace that reaches all the way to Crown Prince (Mohammed bin) Salman". They would continue their investigation using the new details, the statement said.

Two informed sources told Reuters today that Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week, the first indication Ankara has shared its key investigative evidence.

The paper cited an unnamed source as calling the audio evidence "compelling", adding that it could put further pressure on the U.S. to hold Saudi Arabia accountable for Khashoggi's death.

Turkey has dismissed Saudi efforts to blame rogue operatives and urged the kingdom to search "top to bottom" for those responsible for the killing.

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While Saudi officials have said the crown prince, also known as MBS, had no knowledge of the plan to kill Khashoggi, this has left many unconvinced. Later, Saudi officials said he had been accidentally killed during a "fistfight".

After the journalist disappeared, Saudi Arabia initially insisted Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate after visiting the building.

Saudi King Salman and Prince Mohammed met Salah and Khashoggi's brother Sahel at the royal palace in Riyadh on Tuesday.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said Thursday that while Turkey did not intend to initiate an investigation by an worldwide court, it would share information if one was launched.

One of Khashoggi's sons, Salah, who was pictured shaking hands with the Saudi king and crown prince this week, has left the kingdom, according to two people close to the family. Turkish officials have told AP that investigators were looking into the possibility that the journalist's remains may have been hidden at those two locations. "And it is painful, heinous to every human being in the world".

Last week, its government changed its story, saying the US resident and critic of Saudi policy had died in the consulate because of a fight.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih conceded yesterday that the scandal had hurt the kingdom's image.