Saudis sent ‘cleaners’ to Istanbul 9 days after Khashoggi murder


"But most concerning is the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", he said, urging Saudi Arabia to "ensure comprehensive and transparent investigations into the murder" and to make sure "those responsible are held to account, and that measures are put in place to prevent any possibility of recurrence".

During Monday's review, Western countries especially voiced outrage at the killing, with many calling for a "credible" and "transparent" investigation, and some, like Iceland and Costa Rica, going further and demanding an worldwide probe.

"A thorough, conclusive and transparent investigation carried out in accordance with due process with results made public is essential".

Hunt's announcement came after Washington, which has long backed the Saudis, called for Riyadh to end its airstrikes in the country.

The son of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said an image of his handshake with the Saudi Crown Prince shortly before he left Saudi Arabia two weeks ago was widely misinterpreted.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in an op-ed in the Washington Post last week that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest level of the Saudi government and added that the global community had the responsibility to "reveal the puppet masters" behind the slaying.

"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", she added.

As per instructions by King Salman, Saudi "prosecutors started investigations in the case to reach all truths and present all defendants to justice and sentence those proven guilty of this crime", al-Aiban added. Oktay echoed the president's question in Monday's interview.

"Given the recent violent death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, can Saudi Arabia elaborate on their claim that the laws of Saudi Arabia guarantee freedom of opinion sand expression?" the United Kingdom asked.

"The fact that a clean-up team was dispatched from Saudi Arabia nine days after the murder suggests that Khashoggi's slaying was within the knowledge of top Saudi officials", the official said.

Saudi Arabia's conflicting accounts of Khashoggi's killing have prompted an global outcry against the world's top oil exporter, upending the young crown prince's worldwide image as a reformer.

He said he had raised his concerns about the killing with MBS, among others.

Turkish officials and some USA lawmakers have said that Crown Prince Mohammed ordered the murder, an allegation that Riyadh has denied.

Sweden meanwhile is planning to ask: "What measures will be taken to improve the respect for the freedom of expression and the safety of journalists in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia?"

"The Saudi government doesn't care about the Saudi people but they care about worldwide relations, they get their weapons from there, they get their support from there", Almoayyad said.