Saudi Arabia says Turkish evidence shows planned killing of Khashoggi

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

"Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated", Attorney General Sheikh Saud Al-Mojeb's office said.

Saudi Arabia initially insisted Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate after visiting the building on October 2.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said Saudi officials made "reconnaissance" trips to the forest as well as the city of Yalova a day before Khashoggi was killed.

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.

A source told Reuters that dual US-Saudi citizen Salah Khashoggi, who had been under a travel ban, was allowed to leave on Wednesday.

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said on Thursday that the murder was premeditated.

The photos of him meeting with the king and the crown prince were released by the Saudi government in an apparent effort to showcase their sympathy. Officials and the crown prince's supporters said the suspects tried to cover up their crime and provided the leadership with misleading accounts of the murder.

'She strongly urged Saudi Arabia to cooperate with the Turkish investigation and to be transparent about the results.

Saudi Arabia has sought to draw a line under the crisis over Khashoggi's murder, but has come under mounting pressure from skeptical world powers demanding answers and the whereabouts of his body. Cavusoglu said Turkey had no intention of taking the Khashoggi case to an global court but would share information if an worldwide inquiry were launched.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the revocation of the visas "will not be the last word on this matter from the United States".

Callamard also reiterated an earlier call for an independent investigation to "validate" the findings of investigations being carried out by Turkey and Saudi Arabia.

Mr Erdogan says that when diplomats in the consulate learnt Khashoggi would be coming in for a document, one flew back to Riyadh, where "a road map started to be established".

Mr Erdogan also confirmed that a body double of Khashoggi was used as a decoy after he was killed, after CCTV footage emerged on Monday of a man wearing the Washington Post columnist's dress shirt, suit jacket and trousers.

And Trump's opinion has changed somewhat, saying Tuesday, that officials in the Saudi government were part of the "worst coverup ever". 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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