Saudi Arabia now says Khashoggi murder 'premeditated'

Randal Sanchez
October 26, 2018

Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor has been quoted as saying the death was "premeditated" and Turkey believe this was meticulously planned.

The US president will meet CIA chief Gina Haspel, who has just returned from Turkey to review intelligence about the killing.

Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has denied responsibility for Khashoggi's death, referring to the incident as a "heinous crime that can not be justified".

The case has shone the spotlight on Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed, who has spearheaded reforms in the kingdom but now faces a stream of allegations - denied by Riyadh - that he ordered a high-profile critic killed.

The kingdom initially denied involvement in the October 2 disappearance of Khashoggi after he entered the consulate.

It's well known that WWE has come under some heat due to their relationship with the Saudi Arabian government after it was reported that the government ordered the murder of Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, 59, was a contributing opinion writer for The Post who was living in Virginia after leaving Saudi Arabia because of fear about his safety.

Turkey and Western allies of Riyadh have voiced deep doubt towards Saudi explanations of the killing.

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"We're not going to talk a lot about (Saudi Arabia)", McMahon said. Asked about the crown prince, though, Trump said, "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

Turkish media have also published a security camera image allegedly showing a vehicle belonging to the Saudi Consulate "scouting" a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul before Khashoggi was killed.

Language in the bill stated that President Trump could request exceptions to the arms sale ban if he also submitted a report on a USA investigation into anyone involved in "the murder of journalist and United States permanent resident Jamal Khashoggi".

The prince on Wednesday made his first public comments since his government admitted Khashoggi had been killed. One source said Salah Khashoggi holds dual U.S. -Saudi citizenship and had been under a travel ban.

"We will follow all legitimate means to achieve full justice for Jamal, so as not to wake up to another murdered journalist", the statement said.

According to Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih "There were more than 25 deals signed worth $56 billion", adding that US companies accounted for most of those contracts.

The global response on how best deal with Saudi Arabia as details of the murder become clearer has been mixed.

WWE attempted to offset the outrage against female performers not being included in Saudi Arabia by publicly stating that change takes time, citing a December 2017 Sasha Banks-Alexa Bliss match in Abu Dhabi that WWE promoted as the first women's match to take place in the United Arab Emirates.

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