'Savage Jamal Khashoggi murder was planned days in advance' - Turkey

They say the team cut off his fingers before killing and dismembering the 59-year-old Washington Post columnist, who had written critically about Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

"To blame such an incident on a handful of security and intelligence members would not satisfy us or the worldwide community", Erdoğan said.

The Western security officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were far from having a complete picture of what happened to Khashoggi.

In addition to dismissing the Saudi version of events, Erdogan says the 18 people under arrest in Saudi Arabia in connection with Khashoggi's death should be returned to Turkey to stand charges.

Erdogan offered his "sincere apologies" to the senior scribe's family, fiancee and the people of Saudi Arabia before beginning his speech at the Turkish parliament. Cavusoglu also said that Turkey is ready cooperate with any global investigation into Khashoggi's killing. However, he kept pressure on the kingdom with his demands for Turkish prosecution of the suspects as well as punishment for the plot's masterminds.

Mr Erdogan became the first Turkish politician to describe Mr Khashoggi's killing as "murder", adding that it was premeditated and planned days before.

It's previously been reported that a 15-member team traveled from Saudi Arabia to Turkey just before Khashoggi disappeared at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. CCTV footage shows a body double dressed in Khashoggi's clothes leaving the consulate and touring Istanbul's landmarks, undermining the idea that the team interrogating Khashoggi meant to bring him back alive. Why is that? We want to know the answer to that question. The Saudi officials who spoke with CBS News did not have a name for the "local collaborator" that their investigation defines as the person who took the body.

"We are going through a crisis", Falih said in his speech.

"Why was it that so many contradictory statements were made about the alleged murder?"

For Western allies of Saudi Arabia, a main question in the Khashoggi death is whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability. Some of the forum's keynote speakers and numerous Western executives and officials had cancelled plans to attend over Khashoggi's October 2 slaying. King Salman, 82, has handed the day-to-day running of Saudi Arabia to him.

Angela Merkel's Christian Democratic Union foreign policy minister Elmar Brok called on tougher checks of not only the embassy but also members of the Saudi Arabia consulate in the wake of the horrific death of Mr Khashoggi.

Saudi Arabia only confirmed the killing more than two weeks after the event. "Nobody in the Kingdom can justify or explain it".

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is expected later Tuesday to reveal what he has said is the "naked truth" about the murder. Any major decision must be signed off by the highest powers within its ruling Al Saud family.

However, Erdogan made no reference to any audio or video recordings, something that would be seriously damaging to the Saudi government.

Turkish investigators, however, have steadily leaked evidence to the media that allegedly proves the journalist was tortured, murdered and his body dismembered within the consulate building.

  • Rogelio Becker