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Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancée has held the Saudi authorities responsible for his recent murder in Istanbul, slamming the U.S. president for paving the way for Riyadh to cover up the crime.

In an interview with Turkish television station Haber Turk, the Saudi columnist's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, said, "The statements Trump made in the first days around his invite and the statements he made afterward opposed each other".

"We know the orders came from a member of the royal circle but have no direct information to link them to Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman", the article further quoted the source as saying.

The country has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation.

"If Khashoggi did, in fact, have proof that Saudi Arabia was deliberately misusing phosphorous for this objective, it would be highly embarrassing for the regime and provides the nearest motive yet as to why Riyadh may have acted when they did against him", he said.

"President Trump should help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served".

After initially claiming he left the back of the building Saudi authorities have admitted Mr Khashoggi died in the consulate, though they have been unable to produce a body.

He clarified later that the murder and cover-up should have never happened.

US President Donald Trump has said Prince Mohammed, who has consolidated control over Saudi security and intelligence agencies over the past three years, bore ultimate responsibility for the operation that led to Khashoggi's killing.

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The crown prince has denounced the murder as "repulsive" and denied any involvement.

However the affair has tarnished the image of the crown prince, the de facto leader of the oil-rich Gulf nation, who has positioned himself as a Saudi reformer.

"We discussed it. You know the same thing we talked about, the need for transparency, full and complete investigation", Mattis told a small group of reporters traveling to Prague with him. "I want those who killed my beloved Jamal and those who ordered [the killing] to be brought to justice", Cengiz said, speaking at a memorial event held in Westminster.

"I met him a week before his death", Khashoggi's friend, who the paper said was a Middle Eastern academic who wished to remain anonymous, was quoted to have said.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister said on Saturday that it won't extradite any suspects to Turkey, despite calls by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to do so as a sign of goodwill. "I want justice for my beloved Jamal".

He had gone to the consulate to obtain documents proving he was divorced from his ex-wife.

Reports in the Turkish media have said that Mr Khashoggi's body, which has still not been found, was cut up into multiple pieces.

"The world should know who instigated, were involved in and committed this crime".