In change of tack, Saudi Arabia says Khashoggi's murder ‘premeditated’

AFP  File | Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a fierce critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

AFP File | Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a fierce critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Riyadh had initially denied that Saudi officials had any knowledge of what had happened to the 59-year-old dissident journalist, saying he had left the consulate after picking up papers for his forthcoming marriage.

Saudi Arabia had called the murder a "huge and grave mistake", in which the Washington Post columnist was accidentally strangled after he was placed in a chokehold during an interrogation.

"The public prosecution received information from the Turkish side through the Joint Working Group between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Turkish Republic, indicating that the suspects in Khashoggi's case premeditated their crime", Attorney General Shaikh Suood bin Abdullah Al Mo'jab said. It was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst in the history of cover-ups.

In a preliminary action against the 21 top Saudi Arabia officials indicted, USA has revoked their visas and diplomatic immunity, United Kingdom followed suit by revoking those suspected to be directly or indirectly involved in the brutal murder of self-exiled & Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

Turkish investigators continue to hunt for clues to the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body. It is a heinous crime that can not be justified.

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US-backed regional bloc against Iran but the crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. Dozens of Western officials, world bankers and company executives shunned a major three-day investment conference in Riyadh this week. Salah and family expressed "great thanks" to the crown prince and his father King Salman, according to state media, and they expressed their condolences.

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"Jamal Khashoggi's killing is a violently planned and a very complicated murder, which was being covered up", said Omer Celik, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Ruling AK party.

On Tuesday, Turkish police found clothes, a laptop and other personal items in an abandoned diplomatic vehicle registered to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Two sources have told Sky News that body parts belonging to Mr Khashoggi have been found.

Erdogan on Tuesday described for parliament what he said was a premeditated plot by Saudi Arabia to kill Khashoggi when the journalist visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 to get documents he needed to marry his fiancée, Turkish national Hatice Cengiz.

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron tonight phoned King Salman of Saudi Arabia to urge his secretive regime to disclose information about Jamal Khashoggi's murder and threaten sanctions against those involved. Representatives for the CIA and Turkish intelligence declined to comment.

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