Public Prosecutor: Turkish report says Khashoggi killing was premeditated

Geraldine Edwards
October 25, 2018

On Thursday, conflicting reports surfaced about whether investigators had searched a well in the garden of Saudi Arabia's consulate as part of their probe.

On Thursday, Saudi state TV quoted the Saudi public prosecutor as saying the killing was premeditated, and that prosecutors were interrogating suspects on the basis of information provided by a joint Saudi-Turkish task force. The official could not confirm whether Haspel had listened to an alleged audio recording of the killing.

Turkish authorities briefed visiting Central Intelligence Agency chief Gina Haspel on the investigation into the killing and the evidence they have, a Turkish security official who was not authorized to speak to the media said on condition of anonymity.

Saudi Arabia initially denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate, but last week said it had arrested 18 people and dismissed five senior officials after a preliminary investigation revealed he was killed in a fistfight at the consulate during a botched intelligence operation.

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An image released October 23, 2018, by Saudi Arabia's state-run SPA news agency shows Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (right) shaking hands with Salah Khashoggi, the son of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh.

In this photo released by Saudi Press Agency, SPA, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, right, shakes hands with Salah Khashoggi, a son, of Jamal Khashoggi, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018.

The seemingly clumsy cover-up of the killing has been exposed to the world with Turkish leaks of information, security camera footage and, eventually, Saudi acknowledgements that Khashoggi died in the consulate.

Salah Khashoggi, who is a dual U.S. -Saudi citizen, and his family will reunite with other members of the Khashoggi family in the U.S., according to the Human Rights Watch. He was speaking at the Saudi investment conference in Riyadh dubbed "Davos in the Desert".

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The king assured Putin that the Saudi government was determined to hold the guilty parties accountable and to make sure "they receive their punishment".

French President Emmanuel Macron and British Prime Minister Theresa May both spoke via telephone with King Salman, according to a statement issued by the Saudi Foreign Ministry late Thursday, hours after the European Parliament's resolution passed.

Two days prior, he met with Prince Mohammed, the man who may have ordered his father's murder, and was seen in photographs appearing sullen and pained.

The Saudi government admitted Thursday that Khashoggi's killing was planned ahead of time.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he is working with the Treasury Department on whether to impose sanctions on those found responsible for the journalist's death.

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