CCTV images have surfaced showing a Saudi intelligence officer dressed in a fake beard and Jamal Khashoggi's clothes and glasses the day the journalist disappeared.
The man was captured on surveillance cameras leaving the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and walking through the city on October 2.
It is said that he was part of the Saudi team of 15 men wanted for questioning about the death of the journalist Khashoggi. It is believed that the images were taken just a few hours after the writer was seen alive entering the embassy.
The official in the clip has been named as Mustafa al-Madani, according to CNN, who said he had spoken to a senior Turkish official. The same man was seen wearing the writer's clothes in the Blue Mosque of the city, a few hours after the disappearance of Khashogui, say Turkish researchers.
Reports in Turkey have claimed that the Saudi team approached Khashoggi in the building, cut off his fingers, murdered and dismembered the 59-year-old writer.
CCTV images have surfaced showing a Saudi intelligence officer dressed in a fake beard and the clothes and glasses of Jamal Khashogui (left) on the day the journalist disappeared.
It is said that the images were taken only a few hours after the author was seen alive for the last time upon entering the embassy (in the photo)
Turkish officials say the Saudi team approached Khashoggi (pictured) at the embassy, cut off his fingers, murdered and dismembered the 59-year-old writer.
It occurs when the Turkish media reported that a member of the entourage of Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman made four calls to the royal office from the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul the day that Jamal Khashoggi was killed there.
According to Yeni Safak, Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb made the calls to Bader al-Asaker, the head of the Crown Prince's office and another to the United States, according to Yeni Safak.
Today, CNN broadcast surveillance footage showing a man wearing Khashoggi's dress shirt, jacket and pants. He was also seen wearing a fake beard, suggesting that the operation was probably planned in advance. Madani was seen at the city airport that same day with just a mustache.
CNN quoted a Turkish official as describing the man as a "double body" and a member of the Saudi team sent to Istanbul to attack the writer. The official said that "Khashoggi's clothes were probably still warm when Madani put them on."
The shooting man is seen leaving the consulate through his back exit with an accomplice, then he takes a taxi to the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, where he went into a public bathroom, changed his clothes again and left.
Madani was seen at the airport in the city that same day with only a mustache (pictured)
State broadcaster TRT also reported that a man who entered the consulate building was seen leaving the building with Khashoggi's clothes.
In the days after Khashoggi's disappearance, Saudi officials initially said that he had left the consulate, implying premeditation on the part of the Saudi team.
"After the Turkish authorities and the media were able to inspect the consulate building in its entirety, the allegations changed to the outrageous claim that he was killed, at the consulate, during business hours, and with dozens of employees and visitors in the building". The Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, Prince Khalid bin Salman, brother of the Crown Prince, wrote on October 8. "I do not know who is behind these claims, nor their intentions, nor do I care frankly."
A senior Saudi official has already said that one of the 15 members of the team dressed in Khashoggi's clothes to make it look like he left the consulate.
The official said agent Madani also wore Khashogli's glasses and Apple's watch and left through the back door.
He said that the journalist had been placed in a stranglehold during which he died accidentally, and then his body was smuggled out of the building on a rolled carpet.
On Friday, the kingdom admitted that Mr. Khashoggi had died after repeatedly asserting that the high-profile critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had escaped unharmed from the consulate.
He said the journalist was killed in a "fist fight" and that the government had fired five senior officials and arrested 18 others as a result of the initial investigation.
Yesterday, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Saudi Arabia, Adel al-Jubeir, told Fox News: "Unfortunately, a serious and grave error was committed and I assure you that those responsible will be responsible for this." He added: "We do not know where the body is."
Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, (pictured) said she had given him her two cell phones and left him instructions to wait for him and to call an assistant to the president of Turkey if he did not reappear.
Turkish media reported that a member of Prince Mohammed bin Salman's entourage of the Crown of Saudi Arabia made four calls to the royal office from the Saudi Arabian Consulate in Istanbul the day that Jamal Khashoggi (pictured) was killed there.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir (pictured) insisted on Sunday that Prince Mohammed "was not aware" of the killing and that the regime was still working to find the body.
It came after a senior Saudi official, who requested anonymity, contradicted the previous explanations. He said that the team of 15 Saudis sent to face Mr. Khashoggi on October 2 had threatened him with drugging and kidnapping, and then killed him in a stranglehold when he resisted.
Madani then put on Mr. Khashoggi's clothes, glasses and Apple Watch before leaving the building to make it look like the journalist had left, he told himself.
Then, the body was rolled up in a carpet, taken out in a consular vehicle and handed over to a "local cooperator" for disposal, he added. Forensic expert Salah Tubaigy tried to eliminate any trace of the incident, the official said.
Later, Madani went to the Sultanahmet district, where he removed Mr. Khashoggi's belongings, it was alleged. When asked about allegations that the journalist had been tortured and beheaded, the official said that the preliminary results of the investigation did not suggest it.
The government wanted to convince Mr. Khashoggi, who moved to Washington a year ago for fear of reprisals for his views, to return to the kingdom as part of a campaign to prevent Saudi's enemies from recruiting dissidents, the official said. .
Prince Mohammed has denied his involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who was a fierce critic of his policies.
On Friday, the kingdom admitted that Mr. Khashoggi had died after repeatedly claiming that the high-profile critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (pictured) had left the consulate unharmed.
More than two weeks after the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman offered their condolences to his family. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs launched this official image to announce the news.
But things soon went awry when the team overcame his orders and quickly used the violence, he added.
It was said that Mr. Khashoggi told one of the men, Maher Mutreb, that he was violating diplomatic norms and said: "What are you going to do with me? Do you plan to kidnap me? Mutreb replied: "Yes, we will drug you and kidnap you", in what the official said was an intimidation attempt that violated the objective of the mission. When Mr. Khashoggi raised his voice, the team panicked. They moved to contain him, placing him in a stranglehold and covering his mouth, according to the government's account.
Merkel: There are no weapons for Riyadh while the questions follow about the murder.
Germany will not export arms to Saudi Arabia as long as the current uncertainty about the fate of journalist Jamal Khashoggi persists, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday.
Campaigning for her party in a regional election, Merkel repeated at a press conference her previous condemnation of Khashoggi's assassination, which Saudi Arabia admitted had taken place inside her consulate in Istanbul.
"First, we condemn this act in the strongest terms," he said. & # 39; Secondly, there is an urgent need to clarify what happened: we are far from clarifying this and holding those responsible accountable … With regard to arms exports, these can not occur in the current circumstances. & # 39;
Today, a senior German official pressed for a joint EU position on Saudi Arabia after Berlin backed a freeze on arms exports to the kingdom.
Economy Minister Peter Altmaier stressed on Monday his position that "at this time we will not approve more arms exports because we want to know what happened."
Altmaier told ZDF television that a joint EU position is needed "because only if all European countries agree, this will make an impression on the Riyadh government."
He said that "it will not have positive consequences if we, as we are doing, do not currently pursue our arms exports if at the same time other countries fill this gap."
"They tried to keep him from screaming, but he died," the official said. & # 39; The intention was not to kill him. & # 39;
When asked if the team had stifled Mr. Khashoggi, the official explained: "If you put someone of Jamal's age in this position, he will probably die."
The official said that the team then wrote a false report to the superiors in which they claimed that they had allowed Mr. Khashoggi to leave once he warned that the Turkish authorities could participate.
The Saudi authorities initially rejected reports that Mr. Khashoggi had disappeared as a fake inside the consulate and said that he had left the building shortly after entering. When the press reported a few days after he was murdered there, they called the accusations "unfounded."
Turkish officials believe that the Saudis may have dumped their remains in the Belgrad forest, near Istanbul, and in a rural area near the city of Yalova, 55 miles south of Istanbul.
Yesterday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said he would reveal the "naked truth" about the murder at an information meeting tomorrow.
Meanwhile, Saudi state media reported that both Prince Mohammed and King Salman made calls to Khashoggi's son, Salah, early Monday morning. Statements from the agency said both the king and the crown prince expressed their condolences over the death of Khashoggi.
A Saudi friend of Khashoggi who was in frequent contact with him before his death told the AP that Salah Khashoggi had been under a travel ban and banned from leaving the kingdom since last year as a result of criticism of his father to the government. The friend spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of repercussion. The Saudi declarations did not recognize the prohibition.
Five Turkish employees of the consulate also gave testimony to prosecutors on Monday, Turkish media reported. Istanbul's chief prosecutor had summoned another 28 staff members from the Saudi Consulate, including Turkish and foreign citizens, to give testimony. According to reports, some Turkish employees said that they had been ordered not to go to work when Khashoggi disappeared.
The main Republicans and Democrats in Congress are saying that Saudi Arabia should face punishment for Khashoggi's murder.
President Donald Trump had also talked about possible punishment, but said he did not want to stop the sale of weapons proposed to Saudi Arabia because, he argued, it would hurt American manufacturers.
Britain, Germany and France issued a joint statement condemning the killing of Khashoggi, saying there is an "urgent need to clarify exactly what happened."
In a statement on Sunday, governments said attacks on journalists are unacceptable and "of utmost concern to our three nations." They said that the hypotheses & # 39; Proposals so far in Saudi research must be supported by facts to be considered credible.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters in Berlin on Sunday that she supports the freeze on arms exports to Saudi Arabia. The German Economy Minister, Peter Altmaier, underlined that point on Monday and called for a joint European position since Germany "at this point will not approve more arms exports because we want to know what happened."