Thursday, 15 November, 2018

Murder of Khashoggi ‘premeditated’, says Saudi prosecutor

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Jodi Jackson | 26 October, 2018, 06:36

Shortly after Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 while retrieving a document at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkish authorities said he was the victim of a premeditated killing by 15 Saudi agents sent to Turkey on a mission to permanently silence the journalist, who had been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Turkey continues to investigate Khashoggi's death.

The CIA chief held talks Tuesday in Turkey as global outrage mounted over the killing of Saudi palace critic Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, where he went to complete paperwork for his upcoming marriage.

"We are pleased that is the case", Palladino said, reiterating that the United States is continuing to press for "all the relevant facts" in the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

One source also suggested his remains were discovered in the garden of the Saudi consul general's Istanbul home - located around 500 metres away from the consulate.

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman addresses the Future Investment Initiative conference, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Oct. 24, 2018.

Trump has also blamed the Saudi de facto leader, who is known in media as "MBS", for the killing of Khashoggi. Trump appeared to support the Crown Prince at the time.

"All of these elements indicate that the disappearance and now killing of Jamal Khashoggi bear the hallmark of an extrajudicial execution".

"They will not be able to divide us as long as there is a king called King Salman bin Abdul Aziz and a crown prince named Mohammed bin Salman, and a president in Turkey named Erdoğan".

After more than two weeks of near silence, Saudi Arabia on Saturday admitted that Khashoggi was killed in its Istanbul consulate, saying it was an unauthorised operation - a claim other countries have rejected.

Saudi Arabia has said King Salman was not involved, but any major decision must be signed off by the highest powers within its ruling Al Saud family.

"Jamal Khashoggi's body still hasn't been found".

Mr. Trump, while he has threatened severe consequences for those responsible for Khashoggi's death, has expressed a reluctance to halt arms sales with the Saudis, emphasizing the economic importance of those transactions to the United States' economy.

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".

Meanwhile, the London, Ont. -based company that won the contract to supply Saudi Arabia with light armoured vehicles announced Thursday that it is laying off more three dozen employees.

The Saudi prosecutors cited Turkish evidence that the slaying was planned, contradicting a Saudi assertion just days ago that rogue officials from the kingdom killed him by mistake in a brawl inside their Istanbul consulate.

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