Khashoggi murder 'plotted by Saudi officials days in advance'

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Khashoggi, a contributor to The Washington Post who had written columns critical of the Saudi leadership over the past year, had gone to the consulate on the afternoon of October 2 to obtain documents that would allow him to remarry.

The state-run Saudi Press Agency says Saudi prosecutors are calling the killing of Jamal Khashoggi a premeditated crime.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Thursday that Ankara had shared information with some parties who sought additional details.

The leaks also seemed meant to whip up a sense of anticipation ahead of the speech by Erdogan, who has chided the Saudis in recent weeks for not cooperating with the Turkish investigation but stopped short of blaming the Saudi government for Khashoggi's death.

Responding to a question on the probe into the death of Khashoggi, Trump said, "And where it should have stopped is at the deal standpoint, what they thought about it".

Erdogan had said on Tuesday that a 15-person team came from Riyadh to kill Khashoggi, including by carrying out reconnaissance outside Istanbul and deactivating security cameras at the consulate.

Given the information, currently, available with the United States, the administration is taking appropriate actions, he said.

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The CIA's Haspel heard an audio recording of Khashoggi's death during a trip to Turkey this week, sources told Reuters.

After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl before finally accepting what Turkey had said virtually from the start - that he was killed in a premeditated hit.

This came after Gina Haspel, the head of the Central Intelligence Agency, paid a flying visit to Istanbul where she was given access to the findings so far of the Turkish investigation.

"We know that many are trying to use this painful thing to drive a wedge between Saudi Arabia and Turkey", the crown prince, widely known by his initials MBS, said in his public remarks in Riyadh.

Ilnur Cevik wrote in a column in Turkey's Yeni Birlik newspaper "it is a disgrace that reaches all the way to Crown Prince (Mohammed bin) Salman".

Saudi Arabia has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation into Khashoggi's murder.

Saudi media showed Salah Khashoggi meeting Tuesday with the crown prince, who reportedly expressed his condolences.

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"Addressing a gathering of more than 3,000 business leaders from around the world at the Future Investment Initiative, Saudi Arabia's signature economic forum, often called "Davos in the Desert, ' Mohammed acknowledged no responsibility in the case".

The kingdom is trying to distance Prince Mohammed bin Salman from Khashoggi's October 2 slaying at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has called Khashoggi's murder a "savage killing" and demanded Riyadh punish those responsible, no matter how highly placed.

The two discussed "the issue of joint efforts and the steps that need to be taken in order to shed light on the Jamal Khashoggi murder in all its aspects", the source added.

But striking a defiant tone, the crown prince told worldwide investors at the three-day gathering on Wednesday that the furore would not derail the kingdom's reform drive.

The crown prince said Saudi Arabia was "carrying out all legal measures" in cooperation with Turkish authorities to "present the perpetrators to the court" in the case.

The former UK prime minister's Global Change organisation has signed a deal with the desert kingdom to help modernise and "support the change programme" in the country.

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