Jamal Khashoggi murder was premeditated, Saudi prosecutor says


U.S. President Donald Trump, who initially accepted the Saudi denials, hardened his rhetoric this week, saying the killing "was carried out poorly, and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

World Wrestling Entertainment's upcoming event in Saudi Arabia will proceed as scheduled despite an global diplomatic crisis related to the Middle Eastern nation's purported role in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. One source said Salah Khashoggi holds dual U.S. -Saudi citizenship and had been under a travel ban.

Prosecutors are interrogating suspects on the basis of information provided by a joint Saudi-Turkish task force, the al-Ekhbariya report said.

Saudi prosecutors say the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was planned, state-run media reported Thursday, reflecting yet another change in the shifting Saudi Arabian account of what happened to the writer who was killed by Saudi officials in their Istanbul consulate.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist known for his critical views of the current Saudi regime, disappeared on October 2 after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey.

Over two dozen top officials and executives from the United States and Europe, including U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and chief executives of big banks, canceled their participation in the conference over the killing of Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. The caller also wanted to know Vince's thought process when deciding to keep Crown Jewel in the Kingdom.

"I think that time has come to restructure the sectors of the national security in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in line with the economic sectors' growth in the kingdom", he said in his address to the Future Investment Initiative. Instead, the photo opportunity elicited scorn on social media, with critics accusing them of exploiting the grieving son. Turkish officials have told AP that investigators were looking into the possibility that the journalist's remains may have been hidden at those two locations. Later, Saudi officials said he had been accidentally killed during a "fistfight". "We owe it to Jamal and his loved ones to uncover all of the truth". "It's a sensitive subject, and our statement said all we want to say about that subject today".

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"But Saturday, in an interview with The Washington Post , Trump said, "Obviously there's been deception and there's been lies". Canada's foreign minister, Chrystia Freeland, said the Saudi version lacked "consistency and credibility".

Khashoggi's death has derailed the powerful prince's campaign to project a modern image of the ultraconservative country, instead highlighting the brutal lengths to which some top officials in the government have gone to silence its critics.

Dozens of people stood vigil outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Thursday to demand justice.

Turkey has rejected the notion that Khashoggi fell victim to a rogue operation.

Macron told the king that France's main priority was "defending freedom of expression, freedom of the press and of the public".

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

"Ankara is taking all necessary steps to clear up the case of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi", he added. They also photographed Saudi diplomatic vehicles scouting wooded areas in the days before Khashoggi disappeared. Dave Meltzer reported earlier this week that the WWE creative team was told on Monday afternoon that Cena would not be flying out to Saudi Arabia.

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.