Saudi authorities do not know where dissident Jamal Khashoggi's body is despite having in custody the Saudi team that murdered him, the kingdom's foreign minister said in an interview broadcast Sunday.
The dissident journalist was dismembered after his murder October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul but his remains have yet to be found.
Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials "acting outside their scope of authority" and that 11 people have been charged with the crime.
But asked where Khashoggi's body is, he told CBS's "Face the Nation," "We don't know."
Jubeir said the public prosecutor responsible for the case had sought evidence from Turkey but had received no response.
Questioned why those in custody couldn't tell them where the body was, Jubeir responded: "We are still investigating."
"We have now a number of possibilities and we're asking them what they did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing, and I would expect that eventually we will find the truth," he said.
Jubeir was interviewed on Friday, the same day President Donald Trump ignored a congressional deadline for reporting on who assassinated Khashoggi, a columnist for the Washington Post who had been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The CIA has concluded the Saudi operation was likely directed by the powerful crown prince, but the White House has sidestepped that finding amid strenuous denials by Riyadh, a key US ally.
Jubeir also said Saudi Arabia does not need a United Nations-led probe or an international investigation into the murder because its "competent legal system" can handle the matter, reported Aljazeera Online.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said yesterday US government will continue investigating the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reported Reuters.
"America is not covering up for a murder," he said during a visit to Hungary, adding that the United States would take more action to hold accountable all those responsible for Khashoggi's death.