Published: Thu, October 25, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Public Prosecutor: Turkish report says Khashoggi killing was premeditated

Public Prosecutor: Turkish report says Khashoggi killing was premeditated

On Thursday, the story changed, and Saudi state media acknowledged that Khashoggi's death was premeditated.

CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly flew to Turkey Monday to hear audio of the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Instanbul earlier this month.

The Saudi disclosure came after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week.

The president's briefing comes as the pressure increases on Saudi Arabia to reveal what happened after their initial denials were proven false and their later explanations have shifted.

Also Thursday, Prince Mohammed attended the first meeting of a committee aiming to restructure the kingdom's intelligence services after the killing of Khashoggi, the state-run Saudi Press Agency said. Neither King Salman nor his son Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman knew about it beforehand, the Saudis say.

The kingdom admitted on Saturday - 18 days after the incident - that Khashoggi indeed died in the consulate but blamed the death on a "fistfight" and said more than a dozen people were being questioned. One source said Salah Khashoggi holds dual U.S. -Saudi citizenship and had been under a travel ban. He had been planning to settle in Istanbul and marry his Turkish fiancee when he was detained and killed in the Saudi Consulate.

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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.

Turkish officials have discounted the ability of Saudi Arabia to conduct a credible investigation, given suspicion that the royal court was behind the operation.

But Britain and France have both stopped short of suspending arms sales to the desert kingdom.

Turkish authorities maintain that Khashoggi was tortured, killed and dismembered in a premeditated operation organized by Saudi government officials.

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

"We will continue to demand that all authorities across the Middle East immediately release all opinion leaders and political prisoners". The Turks have identified a Saudi forensics specialist who is an expert in mobile autopsies and who had traveled to Istanbul the day Khashoggi was planning to visit the consulate.

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