Saudi Prince Alwaleed: Khashoggi probe will exonerate leader

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Jamal Khashoggi's sons have appealed to the Turkish and Saudi authorities to find and return their father's body for a family burial, as more details emerged about alleged Saudi attempts to cover up the truth about the dissident journalist's killing.

"All what we want right now is to bury him in Al-Baqi (cemetery) in Medina with the rest of his family", Salah Khashoggi said.

The official said the fact that a clean-up team was dispatched suggests that Khashoggi's killing 'was within the knowledge of top Saudi officials'.

The two individuals carried out clean-up operations at the consulate and the consul's residence in Istanbul until October 17 and left the country three days later, he said.

The head of Japanese tech group Softbank has condemned the murder of a journalist by Saudi security forces, but said his company must continue to work with Riyadh.

"The King has stressed that everybody involved will be brought to justice".

The U.S. -Saudi alliance has come under strain in recent weeks following the October 2 kidnapping and murder of Jamal Khashoggi, a U.S. -based Saudi activist who contributed opinion pieces to The Washington Post.

The country's official narrative of what happened to Khashoggi has shifted several times since he went missing.

On Saturday, the paper said Khashoggi's body - which still hasn't been found - was dismembered and removed from the Saudi Consulate in five suitcases.

Media captionHow has the death of Jamal Khashoggi impacted the war in Yemen? "This will happen. Otherwise Saudi wouldn't have started an internal investigation", Salah said.

There has been widespread speculation about the events leading to the death of Khashoggi, most of which has since been retracted.

On Monday Vice President Fuat Oktay called for an investigation into newspaper reports last week that Khashoggi's body was disposed of by dissolving it in acid.

So far 18 men have been arrested by Saudi authorities in connection with the death.

"The Saudi government's long-standing repression of critics, exemplified by the extrajudicial execution of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last month, has until recently been willfully ignored by United Nations member states".

Salah, who was believed to have been subject to a travel ban preventing him form leaving the kingdom, flew to Washington DC with Abdullah, their two sisters and respective families two weeks ago, just after he was pictured shaking hands with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman after being summoned to one of Riyadh's royal palaces.

In an editorial published in The Washington Post Friday, Erdogan said it came from "the highest levels" of the Saudi government, while he did "not believe for a second" that Saudi's King Salman had ordered the crime.

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