Jamal Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate

Jamal Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate

Jamal Khashoggi enters the Saudi consulate

The CEO of Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group's banking arm will not attend the Future Investment Initiative conference in Saudi Arabia, the group said on Sunday, joining a growing list of business executives to withdraw over concern about the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Merkel and Maas said they "condemned the crime in the sharpest possible manner", adding that they expected "transparency from Saudi Arabia about the circumstances of [Khashoggi's] death and the background".

Jubeir stated that conflicting reports on Mr Khashoggi's movement in Istanbul had prompted a Saudi probe, adding that they are 'determined to uncover every stone'.

It was revealed last week that the Washington Post columnist was killed inside the consulate which the Saudi government finally accepted Friday after denying the accusations for weeks.

They say a 15-person team, including a number of security officials, arrived in Turkey on two private planes from Riyadh the same day Khashoggi disappeared.

It was also reported that 18 Saudi nationals had been arrested.

"Asiri is the one who formed the team and asked for an employee who worked with (Saud) al-Qahtani and who knew Jamal from the time they both worked at the embassy in London", he said. Numerous men have ties to the Saudi military and security services. Graham said he doesn't believe the explanation and that there is no way such an act inside a government building would go unnoticed by top government officials.

'He was killed in the consulate.

The Saudi regime insisted on Sunday that the regime was still working on finding the body, saying Khashoggi had been killed in a "rogue operation".

"The [18] individuals did this out of the scope of their authority. There obviously was a tremendous mistake made, and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover up", Jubeir said.

Reacting to new information on Khashoggi's murder on Sunday, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country would stop exporting weapons to Saudi Arabia while the current uncertainty over the fate of Khashoggi persisted.

Graham said once all the facts are in, he would like to take action against the people involved in the journalist's death, including the crown prince. While Trump vowed there would be a "severe punishment" if the Saudi government was behind Khashoggi's death, the president has so far rebuffed notions of canceling arms deals with Saudi Arabia and did not call for the crown prince's removal in his interview with the Post.

Trump initially said he believed the Saudi account, but on Saturday he said he still does not know where Khashoggi's body is. It has threatened the kingdom's business relationships, with several senior executives and government officials shunning an investor conference in Riyadh scheduled for next week and some U.S. lawmakers putting pressure on Trump to impose sanctions and stop arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

Mr Hunt has previously warned there will be "consequences" for the UK's relationship with Saudi Arabia if it was found the journalist was murdered.

'This issue boils down to trust: the Government has time and time again been willing to trust Saudi promises over proper investigations despite overwhelming evidence of its reckless military behaviour in Yemen'.

"Those responsible for the killing must be held to account and must face justice".

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