Surveillance Footage: 'Body Double' Posed as Khashoggi After Killing

Karen Attiah is a Ghanaian American writer and Global Opinions editor for the Washington Post

Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud made a phone call to Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of deceased journalist Jamal Khashoggi, to express "his condolences to the family and relatives of the late Jamal Khashoggi", the state-run SPA news agency reported Monday.

Separately, Istanbul's chief prosecutor called 28 more Saudi consulate staff, including Turkish and foreign nationals, to give testimony on Monday in the Khashoggi's case, TRT World News said in tweet, citing unidentified sources familiar with matter.

The French presidency says France's President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump shared their concerns about the circumstances that led to the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Sunday, its foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, went further, describing Khashoggi's death on Fox News as a "murder" and a "tremendous mistake". "So let's hope that the world would deal with the political crisis, including the one with a Saudi citizen in Turkey, with wisdom", he said.

"The individuals who did this did this outside the scope of their authority", he added.

US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin said Saudi Arabia's admission the "Washington Post" columnist had been killed in a fistfight was a "good first step but not enough".

This narrative is the latest Saudi account that has changed multiple times.

Senior aides close to the prince have been fired over Khashoggi's killing, and 18 suspects have been arrested.

Khashoggi went missing on October 2 when he entered the consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

Saudi Arabia's consulate is pictured from a skyscraper in Istanbul's Levent district, Turkey October 10, 2018.

During a joint interview with Britain and France, Mrs Merkel said that she condemned the killing of Mr Khashoggi "in the strongest terms".

Merkel had said Sunday that "when it comes to our already limited arms exports. they can not take place in the current situation".

President Trump had also talked about possible punishment but said he didn't want to halt a proposed $110 billion arms sale to Saudi Arabia because, he maintained, it would harm us manufacturers.

Although Turkey has so far stopped short of officially blaming Saudi Arabia for the killing, investigators have said they have audio and video evidence which shows Mr Khashoggi, was killed by a team of Saudi agents inside the consulate.

"Yes, I think he did it", said Senator Bob Corker.

But any direct challenge to Prince Mohammed's succession "may be destabilizing for the kingdom as a whole", said Cinzia Bianco, a London-based analyst for Gulf State Analytics.

"We have relatively limited spare capacities and we are using a significant part of them", he said.

"We are determined to find out all the facts".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that on Tuesday, the same day a glitzy investment forum in Riyadh spearheaded by Prince Mohammed is to take place, that details of Khashoggi's killing "will be revealed in all its nakedness". The president has raised the possibility of imposing sanctions but said halting an arms deal would "hurt us more than it would hurt them".

Saudi Arabia says it does not know the body's whereabouts, with anonymous officials saying it was rolled into a carpet and given to a "local collaborator" to be disposed of, a claim dismissed by Turkish sources.

But even if the Saudis keep Trump on their side, they could face a reckoning from the U.S. Congress, where Republicans and Democrats alike have expressed outrage over the killing.

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