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The audio is said to contain conversations between members of the so-called hit squad, talking about one of them wearing the slain journalist's clothing to act as a decoy after his murder.

The kingdom is facing a global outcry over the murder of prominent Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the country's Istanbul consulate in early October, which has strained its ties with the West.

The minister also said denied that Turkey obtained the recordings of the murder by bugging the consulate.

Although Prince Ahmed and his representatives have not commented on the Saudi sources claims, others have said that senior USA officials have already voiced their support for the royal. "Release my arm! What do you think you are doing?", Khashoggi said shortly after entering the building, according to Hurriyet Daily News. The paper said there were then "noises of a physical fight and then beating and torture".

Saudi Arabia offered shifting explanations for Khashoggi's disappearance before suggesting he was killed during a botched rendition operation by "rogue agents".

Khalid Sulieman wrote in the same newspaper: "If [Turkey] knew about the plan before the killing took place, why it did not warn Khashoggi?" He said the "long, historic" relationship between the USA and Saudi Arabia was critical for national security. But, Turkey says it is not satisfied with the prosecutor's findings.

After persistent denials and numerous contradictory explanations, Riyadh finally admitted Khashoggi was killed in the consulate and his body was dismembered.

Trump said, referring to Mohammed bin Salman.

In a farcical statement about the killing - strewn with superfluous exclamation points - the president lashed out at Iran and repeated bogus Saudi talking points about Khashoggi being an "enemy of the state" and a member of the Muslim Brotherhood.

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A Saudi prosecutor cleared the crown prince of wrongdoing last week while calling for the death penalty for five men, announcing indictments against 11.

Their cases have been referred to a court while investigations into another 10 people suspected of involvement continue.

Trump also spoke of his heavily negotiated trip to Saudi Arabia a year ago during which Riyadh agreed to spend and invest $450 billion in the US. "Our action today is an important step in responding to Khashoggi's killing".

She said that Trump would make a decision after reading an intelligence community report.

Tuesday's statement began with the sentence, "The world is a very unsafe place!" Trump said in a statement. At the weekend, we said that we were expecting further clarification.

A handout picture provided by the Saudi Royal Palace on December 13, 2017, shows Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz (R) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (L) arriving for the opening of the shura council ordinary session in Riyadh.

"Well, will anybody really know? It would be a wonderful gift to them directly from the United States!" he pointed out. Khashoggi was not a USA citizen, but was a permanent resident.

"We ensure that this country will never deviate from implementing God's law without discrimination", he added, without directly addressing the murder of The Washington Post columnist in his speech.

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