Saudi says Turkish probe shows Khashoggi murder 'premeditated'

Participants walk during the 2017 Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh Saudi Arabia last October 24. — Reuters pic

Participants walk during the 2017 Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh Saudi Arabia last October 24. — Reuters pic

Hariri "will be staying in the kingdom for two more days, so I hope there are no rumours of his abduction", Prince Mohammed bin Salman said while addressing the Future Investment Initiative forum in Riyadh.

While Turkish officials, speaking anonymously, and some senior USA lawmakers have suggested the crown prince himself likely had a role in approving the killing, a confident sounding Prince Salman vowed on Wednesday that the kingdom run by his family for nearly 100 years would help get to the bottom of what he called a "heinous crime".

Speaking at an investment conference in Riyadh, due to end on Thursday, the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged there would be "no rupture" in ties with Ankara, after the killing in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul triggered a diplomatic crisis.

Turkish officials have slowly doled out findings from their own investigation, but Mr. Erdogan stopped short in a Tuesday speech of accusing the crown prince or his father, 82-year-old Saudi King Salman, of direct involvement.

A long list of investors and global policymakers declined to show up in Riyadh amid growing worldwide outrage over the Khashoggi murder.

U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters before departing the White House in Washington D.C., the United States, on October 22, 2018.

Mr Pompeo added: "These penalties will not be the last word on this matter from the United States". British Prime Minister Theresa May said its Saudi arms sales were "under review", a stance similar to that expressed by Australia. Turkey has been turning up the pressure on Saudi Arabia, a regional rival, to reveal more about the crime.

One source said Salah Khashoggi holds dual U.S. -Saudi citizenship and had been under a travel ban. But certainly, president Erdogan was not complimentary of what happened.

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The state-run Saudi Press Agency says Saudi prosecutors are calling the killing of Jamal Khashoggi a premeditated crime. After initially claiming that the journalist left the consulate, Saudi prosecutors said Thursday that Turkish evidence shows the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated.

Merkel's office didn't elaborate on the warning in a statement Thursday following a call between the German leader and Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

As with much of the investigation there have been conflicting reports.

In an internal e-mail sent widely to US State Department employees, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the US wants ideal clarity on exactly what happened in the death of Khashoggi. "To cover up such savagery would hurt the human conscience". Some were members of a 15-man hit team, many of them Saudi intelligence operatives, who flew into Istanbul hours before Khashoggi's death, Turkish security sources say.

After decades of Saudi Arabia buying U.S. weapons and enjoying Washington's protection, Grappo doubted Saudi Arabia could easily switch to another supplier such as Russian Federation or China. He vowed to "bring to justice those who are responsible for this heinous crime".

Even Trump, however, acknowledges that Kushner's work on trying to craft peace between Israel and the Palestinians has been set back by Khashoggi's death.

Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who had written columns critical of the Saudi leadership over the a year ago, had gone to the consulate on the afternoon of October 2 to obtain documents that would allow him to remarry.

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

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