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The kingdom claimed early Saturday that Khashoggi had died in a "brawl" in its consulate, but did not explain the cause of his death.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler, disappeared three weeks ago after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage.

That statement rankled members of Congress and former government officials who have accused Riyadh of trying to cover up the truth behind Khashoggi's death or hide any evidence that the kingdom, particularly the crown prince, authorized it. Shortly before 3 p.m., surveillance footage recorded Madani exiting the consulate through the back door, along with an accomplice, in the journalist's blazer, shirt and pants, CNN reported.

Khashoggi, a US resident and Washington Post columnist, disappeared on October 2 after he walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents for his upcoming marriage to Hatice Cengiz.

The agent, wearing glasses and a fake beard in an apparent attempt to further resemble the journalist, is seen touring a number of landmarks in the Turkish city after leaving the consulate.

"First we were told Mr. Khashoggi supposedly left the consulate and there was blanket denial of any Saudi involvement", Graham, R-S.C., tweeted Friday.

"I don't know who is behind these claims, or their intentions, nor do I care frankly". He also said he will talk soon to Prince Mohammed. He said administration officials have their "eyes wide open".

In the apparent cover-up that followed Khashoggi's death, Madani, 57, who is of similar height, age and build to Khashoggi, 59, was used as a decoy for the journalist, according to the Turkish official.

Meanwhile, Turkish crime-scene investigators swarmed a garage Monday night in Istanbul where a Saudi consular vehicle had been parked.

Last week, a leaked photograph apparently taken from surveillance footage showed Mutreb at the consulate, just ahead of Khashoggi's arrival.

Khashoggi - a U.S. resident, The Washington Post columnist, and a leading critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman - entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain documents for his pending marriage, but he never left the mission.

Statements from the agency said both the king and the crown prince expressed their condolences for Khashoggi's death.

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"The horrid story of Jamal Khashoggi has sent many activists into a state of shock", said Amani al-Ahmadi, a 27-year-old Saudi exile in Seattle. The official was not authorized to discuss the relationship and spoke only on condition of anonymity. The Saudi statement on Saturday did not address what happened to the body.

Five Turkish employees of the consulate also gave testimony to prosecutors Monday, Turkish media reported.

A Turkish official said on Monday that the country will go until the end to enlighten the "nefarious murder" of Khashoggi. "This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had", Jubeir said on Fox. That is unacceptable in any government.

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday added his voice to the calls for details that led to Kashoggi's death, saying he was "not satisfied" with Saudi Arabia's latest explanation.

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday that arms exports to Saudi Arabia "can't take place in the situation we're now in".

And yet, as the New York Times' Max Fisher noted in relation to a parallel shift happening in the United States, the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has unleashed a backlash against Saudi Arabia in general - and bin Salman in particular - that neither the regime's heavy-handed domestic repression nor its acts of aggression against neighbouring Yemen and Qatar had managed to ignite. Riyadh has been a key player in that war.

"Would financial sanctions be considered sufficient as to have sent a message to Saudi Arabia that this will never happen again?"

Adel al-Jubeir: "First of all, we're not an authoritarian government".

"If oil prices were to rise too much, that would slow the global economy and set off a global recession".

"Saudi Arabia has been coherent in its policy. We work to stabilise global markets and to facilitate global economic growth", he added. Germany is the fourth-biggest exporter of weapons to Saudi Arabia, behind the US, Britain and France.

King Salman similarly made a condolence call as worldwide pressure on the kingdom continues to rise, even after it acknowledged on Saturday that the Washington Post journalist was killed October 2 at the consulate under still-disputed circumstances.

"This incident will pass", al-Faleh forecast.