Jamal Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia as kingdom says killing was 'planned'

Jamal Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia as kingdom says killing was 'planned'

Jamal Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia as kingdom says killing was 'planned'

Speaking at a meeting of the ruling Justice and Development Party, Erdogan said the Saudi prosecutor will meet his Turkish counterpart during the visit.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan also urged Saudi Arabia on Friday to disclose who ordered Khashoggi's murder, as well as the location of his body, heightening worldwide pressure on the kingdom to come clean on the case.

The Turkish president, who has stopped short of directly blaming the Saudi government, said that the 18 suspects must know who killed Khashoggi and repeated his call for the men to be tried in Turkey.

On Thursday, Saudi prosecutors said Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, citing Turkish evidence and changing the country's account again to try to ease worldwide outrage over the slaying of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a USA -backed regional alliance against Iran but the outcry over the murder has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. Dozens of Western officials, bankers and executives boycotted a major investment conference in Riyadh this week.

USA and foreign officials say such an operation - involving a team of Saudi agents - was unlikely to have taken place without the knowledge of the kingdom's leaders, including ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He said: "Intelligence and security institutions have evidence showing the murder was planned... pinning such a case on some security and intelligence members will not satisfy us or the global community".

Palladino also said Pompeo attended a briefing on the former Washington Post writer's death by CIA Director Gina Haspel, following her return from Turkey.

The journalist's body has still not been found, and Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is now saying that Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated".

The fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has called for those responsible for his murder to be brought to justice, adding that she declined an invitation by US President Donald Trump to visit the White House.


Cengiz, who is studying for a PhD in Istanbul, also said she declined an invitation to the United States from President Donald Trump, a staunch defender of the Gulf kingdom.

Saudi Arabia initially denied all knowledge of the journalist's fate.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said those behind the killing must be held accountable.

"We will overcome" the consequences of the Khashoggi killing, he added.

Saudi authorities earlier arrested 18 men wanted by Ankara following an worldwide furore over the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Saudi policies, who was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Saudi state media said they offered their condolences to the family, but photos of the prince shaking hands with Salah went viral on social media, where rights activists demanded the immediate lifting of the travel ban.

Hatice Cengiz made the comments on Turkish television on Friday in her first interview since Khashoggi's death.

"We never questioned the wisdom of Oman's Sultan Qaboos to contribute to Israel-Palestine issue and we wish him well in his effort", Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed said.

Turkish authorities are investigating a well at the Saudi consul's residence where it is thought Mr Khashoggi's body was dumped after the killing.

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