United Kingdom says Saudi explanation of Khashoggi death not credible

Police have been searching the consulate, the consul's residence, as well as a nearby forest, where officials believe his body may have been disposed of. "Defending freedom of the press is a key priority for Finland", the tweet read.

Government officials in several other countries, including the United States, Germany and Britain, have issued similar statements expressing skepticism of the Saudi account of Khashoggi's death, while also demanding a full and transparent investigation. Saudi TV also confirmed that General Ahmad al-Asiri, deputy director of General Intelligence Directorate, was sacked over the incident.

The kingdom has come under intense global pressure to explain Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the Istanbul consulate on October 2 to seek paperwork for his forthcoming marriage. After earlier denials, Saudi Arabia admitted earlier Saturday that Khashoggi, an insider turned critic of the regime, had been killed inside its Istanbul consulate in what it described as a "brawl".

A member of the team then dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to make it appear as if he had left the consulate, the official told the news agency.

The Saudis, Corker said, have lost all credibility after their shifting explanations for what happened after Khashoggi walked into their consulate. "I can understand the president wanting to keep open channels, but I think those of us who want to speak directly to this know that it's just not credible". Gen. Ahmed al-Assiri, the deputy head of Saudi intelligence and a close adviser to the crown prince. "We don't know where the body is", he said.

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Sheikh Abdullah concluded his statement by asking God Almighty to preserve the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, its leadership and people, and to protect them from any harm. "I do", he said.

"This really ought to be something that causes us to do a reexamination of our relationship with Saudi Arabia".

Overnight, 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.

CNN reports Saudi set up a commission to investigate and the crown prince will head it.

On Thursday, President Donald Trump said Khashoggi is likely dead and warned of "very severe" measure against Saudi Arabia if they are found to be responsible.

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