‘Saudi sent experts to cover up murder’

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Staff at the Saudi consulate in Turkey where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered last month tried to dismantle the building's security cameras to cover up evidence of the crime, a report on Tuesday said.

Turkey's Vice President Fuat Oktay stated that Turkey has given a message that no one can ever attempt to commit a murder such as the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on its soil and those who do 'will pay the price'.

The so-called Universal Periodic Review - which all 193 United Nations countries must undergo approximately every four years - came as a Turkish official charged Monday that Saudi Arabia had sent experts to Turkey to cover up the journalist's murder before allowing Turkish police in to search the consulate.

Cavusoglu said Erdogan had spoken to Saudi Arabia's King Salman twice after the killing, and that he was sure the king would not give orders to kill someone.

"We condemn the frightful murder of Jamal Khashoggi", Trudeau told the House of Commons, adding "we are deeply concerned about reports on the participation of Saudi forces".

"This 15-man team did not come to Turkey on their own, they came on orders".

Turkey has said that a hit squad sent from Saudi Arabia strangled Khashoggi shortly after he entered the consulate to seek a document he needed for his upcoming marriage to his Turkish fiancee.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, December 13, 2017.

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A senior official of Turkey's ruling party - and a friend of Khashoggi's - has suggested his body may have been dissolved in acid or other chemicals.

Candles, lit by activists, protesting the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, are placed outside Saudi Arabia's consulate, in Istanbul, during a candlelight vigil, October 25, 2018. Despite intensive searches by Turkish police, there is still no trace of Khashoggi's remains.

"We believe that the two individuals came to Turkey for the sole objective of covering up evidence of Jamal Khashoggi's murder before the Turkish police were allowed to search the premises", the official said.

Salah and Abdullah Khashoggi said the past weeks had been very hard and full of uncertainty for the entire family, adding that without their father's body, they would be unable to grieve.

"I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon". Ankara has also demanded Riyadh cooperate in finding Khashoggi's body, which Istanbul's chief prosecutor said had been dismembered.

The source said the chemist and toxicologist were tasked with getting rid of evidence before Turkish investigators were given access to the Saudi consulate and consul's residence.

Trump's comments about Saudi incompetence are another indication that the USA is turning the heat on Riyadh since the killing of Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi.