Pompeo provided U.S. Congress with updates on Khashoggi killing: State Department

MIT President L. Rafael Reif listen to a panel discussion at the school in 2017

Fahrettin Altun, Erdogan's communications director, told Reuters that the series of "false denials" from Riyadh had led to uncertainty on a host of issues around the case. "Saudi authorities must extradite Mr Khashoggi's killers to Turkey, where they committed a premeditated murder, as proof of their willingness to serve the cause of justice", Altun said.

Trials in Saudi Arabia can be shrouded in secrecy, she noted, insisting the Khashoggi case should be open to public scrutiny.

Around that time, Khashoggi had started writing a column for the Washington Post, continuing to criticize the Saudi government.

Saudi Arabia is denying that the kingdom's crown prince had a role in the killing of a Washington Post columnist amid calls from members of Congress for USA sanctions on the kingdom.

Despite Turkey's joint investigation with Saudi officials looking at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, the consul's residence and several other locations, the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains are still unknown. The Times called the new development the "most detailed evidence to date" that the Saudi crown prince saw murder as a way of dealing with Khashoggi.

United States intelligence officials have reportedly said such an operation would have needed the approval of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"I can't comment on reports based on anonymous sources", al-Jubeir said.

"It is important for us that the body is found, that we have a place at which his beloved ones could say prayers", Al Jazeera quoted Cengiz as saying.

Those comments were made in 2017, well before Khashoggi was killed last October in a Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the Times said, citing current and former US and foreign officials knowledgeable about intelligence reports.

Callamard, a French human rights expert, said she had heard "parts of the chilling and gruesome audio material obtained and retained by the Turkish intelligence agency" and claimed that Turkey's efforts to carry out a proper investigation had "been seriously curtailed and undermined by Saudi Arabia".

Saudi Arabia has previously denied Turkey's extradition request for the 11 suspects.

A Saudi official said Kroll Associates, a US security firm hired by the kingdom, had reviewed 11 WhatsApp messages exchanged between the prince and al-Qahtani on the day of the killing and found no reference to Khashoggi. It's unclear if they remain detained during the trial or where they're being held. He said that the killing had been a "huge mistake".

Mevlut Cavusoglu's comments came a day after United Nations human rights expert Agnes Callamard said Saudi Arabia had undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate the death, which she described as a "brutal and premeditated killing".

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