Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

One, his hands painted red, wore a mask depicting the face of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

MbS and Saudi officials continue to deny that the Crown Prince had any involvement in the killing.

After weeks of denials, the kingdom finally confirmed Khashoggi's death on October 20, claiming he died in a fistfight. The evidence of Turkish investigators "indicates that the suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention", the Saudi government statement said.

Salah Khashoggi's departure came hours after the public prosecutor's office admitted, based on a report from Turkey, that the killing of the journalist had been planned in advance, adding that those responsible for the crime would be punished.

The Saudi prosecution had received information from Turkish investigators suggesting that the suspects meant to kill Khashoggi, and would continue its probe in light of those findings, the official Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday.

From the time he vanished into the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Riyadh's allied newspapers and TV stations across the region echoed the Saudi denial of any knowledge of his fate or weaved alternative scenarios of an alleged plot by rivals Qatar and Turkey to destabilize the kingdom.

On October 2, Khashoggi entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul in order to obtain documents for his marriage.

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However, Trump also said that he wanted to believe that rogue operatives were behind the Khashoggi killing.

The spy chief on Thursday briefed President Donald Trump on Turkey's findings and her discussions, White House spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said.

Since the journalist's death, multiple countries have halted arms deals with Saudi Arabia.

Turkish officials especially are pushing the Saudi government to identify who ordered the killing.

This week he held a meeting at the al Yamama Palace in Riyadh in which he and other family members received condolences from King Salman and the crown prince.

Khashoggi's eldest son, Salah, and his family arrived on Thursday in Washington on a flight from Saudi Arabia, according to two sources close to the family. But Sabah, another pro-government newspaper that has published leaks about the case from Turkish officials, said Saudi Arabia had yet to give Turkish authorities permission for a search. 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.

In addition, the leaks have featured surveillance pictures of a Saudi agent wearing Khashoggi's clothes and a fake beard and leaving the consulate in an orchestrated bid to fool investigators into thinking the journalist had safely left the diplomatic mission, as the Saudis initially claimed.

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