Then, they said he had been killed in the consulate during an interrogation by rouge operatives that had gone wrong. "It is a mystery". Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.
In an opinion piece published by the United States newspaper The Washington Post on Friday, Erdogan called on Saudi Arabia to answer outstanding questions concerning the 59-year-old's killing last month. "They think that we have answers, and unfortunately we don't". Khashoggi, a permanent USA resident who was living in Virginia, was critical of the Saudi government.
Khashoggi, a critic of Saudi rulers, was killed inside the country's Istanbul consulate on 2 October after visiting to obtain documents he needed to get married. His body has yet to be recovered.
Charge d'Affaires Mark Cassayre said the USA condemned the killing of the journalist at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul last month. "I believe the Saudi crown prince will be 100 percent vindicated and exonerated".
The official confirmed a report in Turkey's Sabah newspaper that an 11-member Saudi team sent to Turkey for a joint investigation included experts on chemicals and toxicology who were reportedly charged with obfuscating the evidence.
"It's confusing and hard", Abdullah Khashoggi said. "It's not a normal situation and not a normal death", he told CNN.
An activist holds a sign and image of missing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a demonstration.
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The prince is the brother of Prince Alwaleed bin Talal - one of a group of royal family members and businessmen who were held in the lavish Ritz Carlton in Riyadh past year as part of an anti-corruption purge.
Mr Aiban told the hearing that King Salman had instructed the Saudi public prosecutor to "proceed with the investigation into this case according to the applicable laws" with a view to "bringing all the perpetrators to justice". "I have faith in that. I hated seeing what happened with the bus and the children cause that's pure - that's a horror show when you see a thing like that, you saw the bus", he said, stressing that "bother's not a strong enough" word to describe the disgust he felt watching the tragedy.
Khasoggi's sons also issued an appeal for the return of their father's body.
Abdulaziz Almoayyad, a Saudi human rights activist told Al Jazeera from Dublin that due to the worldwide outcry over Khashoggi's murder, Saudi Arabia is now treading more carefully.
"I talked about that with the Saudi authorities and I just hope that it happens soon", he said.
Turkish authorities have released gruesome details of a killing that President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said was a targeted hit.
Saudi Arabia first denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts, eventually acknowledging his death 17 days after he went missing.