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Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi murder was 'premeditated' Jamal Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia as kingdom says killing was 'planned'
Leonard Rios | 29 October, 2018, 18:31

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has said the suspects in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia.

On Thursday, Saudi prosecutors said Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, citing Turkish evidence and changing the country's account again to try to ease global outrage over the slaying of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The president also said it was "possible" Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not know about the killing.

Saudi officials have also said he was accidentally killed in a botched security operation to return him to the kingdom.

Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's de facto ruler, has denounced the "repulsive" murder, denying any involvement.

Meanwhile, Jubeir said: "We tried not to let differences with Qatar affect the GCC ..."

On Thursday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed President Trump on the latest developments in the investigation after a fact-finding mission to Turkey.

Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb said investigators came to that conclusion after evidence presented by Turkish officials as part of the two nations' probe into the killing.

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The son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Salah, and his family have left the Gulf kingdom after the government lifted a travel ban, Human Rights Watch said Thursday. She wrote in a New York Times op-ed on October 13 that she would consider accepting Trump's invitation "if he makes a genuine contribution to the efforts to reveal what happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that day".

"Even Saudi Arabia has admitted that the crime was premeditated ..."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking during a radio interview Friday with Hugh Hewitt, said that "Saudi prosecutors yesterday made clear that this was a premeditated murder that took place, and we're continuing to learn the facts".

In interview with Turkey's Habertürk TV, Cengiz, who is a Turkish national and doctoral student, said of Trump's invitation, "I perceived it as a statement to win public favor".

"Of course, we have other information; documents, but there is no need to be too hasty, ' said Erdogan, who previously described Khashoggi's demise as a 'savage killing" and demanded Riyadh punish those responsible, no matter how highly placed.

How Western allies deal with Riyadh will hinge on the extent to which they believe responsibility for Khashoggi's death lies directly with Prince Mohammed and the Saudi authorities.

And he made clear that the USA commitment to the region outpaces any presence by Russian Federation, which he said lacks essential moral principles. "Our secretary of state has already revoked visas and will be taking additional measures".

She said she had not been contacted by any Saudi officials but that she was unlikely to go to Saudi Arabia for a funeral, should Khashoggi's missing body eventually be found.

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