Khashoggi killing was premeditated, admit Saudis

Khashoggi killing was premeditated, admit Saudis

Khashoggi killing was premeditated, admit Saudis

After more than two weeks of vehemently denying Khashoggi was dead, the Saudi government on Saturday said he was killed in a fight inside the consulate, but that the murder was not state-sanctioned.

An official at Turkey's presidential palace told Bloomberg, however, that while Turkey wants the crime to be uncovered, it had no interest in interfering in Saudi internal affairs or trying to influence who becomes the next king.

The statement is another change in Saudi Arabia's story about what happened to Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist and critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Meanwhile, the killing of Khashoggi has sparked global condemnation and snowballed into a major crisis for the Saudi leadership.

According to the statement, a joint Saudi-Turkish investigative team "indicates that the suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention".

"Subsequently, over the last few days at least, Saudi authorities have recognised individuals at the highest levels of the structures of authority of being involved in the disappearance and the killing".

Through a steady stream of leaks to Turkish and foreign media, Turkish officials have mounted a compelling case that the Saudi agents planned to kill Khashoggi, dismember him and dispose of his remains.

Callamard added: "it will now be up to a thorough, impartial investigation to determine how far up this goes and who was the ultimate decision maker".

Governments around the world, however, did not believe those claims. "Kindly do not give us any personal opinions in this official meeting", said Fahad.

Turkish media have published conflicting reports about whether investigators had permission to search the garden in the Saudi Consulate.

Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation into Khashoggi's murder.

CIA Director Gina Haspel has briefed US President Donald Trump after reportedly listening to "compelling" audio recording which captured the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. "It is up to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to prove that it was not", Callamard said.

Speaking to a packed auditorium of at least 1,400 people, with other attendees lining the walls, the prince promised an overhaul of Saudi security services and said that ties with Turkey would remain strong so long as he and his father, King Salman, were in power. "I'd say our strategy in the Middle East relies on".

However, the United States president has implied that Washington has little obligation to investigate the incident, emphasising that Khashoggi was not a USA citizen.

Since the journalist's death, multiple countries have halted arms deals with Saudi Arabia. We are providing bombs the Saudi-led coalition is using, we are refueling their planes before they drop those bombs, and we are assisting with intelligence.

"This is a very serious accusation, a very serious situation", Kushner said.

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