Khashoggi killers to be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia: Jubeir


Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor will visit Istanbul on Sunday to speak with Turkish authorities as part of the investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Turkey's president said Friday.

A columnist for The Washington Post, Khashoggi was last seen on October 2 when he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Arabia said on Thursday that the killing of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was premeditated, reversing previous statements that it was unintended.

After denying knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts for almost three weeks, Riyadh admitted Khashoggi's murder had been "premeditated" but denied the involvement of the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Meanwhile, Turkey has amped up the pressure on Saudi Arabia over the murder, demanding to know the location of his body and who gave the order for his killing.

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

He was killed October 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, but his body has not been found.

The report said King Salman and Prince Mohammed offered their condolences to the family of the Saudi journalist. He said the 18 arrested men "must know" who killed him.

However, world leaders including Prime Minister Theresa May and President Trump have called the Saudi's account "not credible" with the United States leader saying it was the "worst cover up in the history of cover ups".

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Macron also said that if Saudi Arabia is to be sanctioned, "we must do so across the board".

"Yes Trump invited me to the United States during the first days of the investigation" she said.

While these were some of the sharpest comments Mattis has made on the Khashoggi killing, he said the incident would not diminish ties with Saudi Arabia.

Salah Khashoggi, who holds dual U.S. -Saudi citizenship and had thus far been under a travel ban, departed Saudi Arabia on Wednesday.

After the journalist disappeared, Saudi Arabia initially insisted Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate after visiting the building.

The Saudi disclosure came after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week.

Mr Trump also said Riyadh had staged the "worst cover-up ever" over the killing. "He thought Turkey is a safe country and if he would be held or interrogated, this issue would be swiftly solved", Cengiz told Haberturk.

On Thursday, one of the journalist's sons, Salah Khashoggi, flew with his family from Saudi Arabia to the US.

Erdogan and Trudeau stressed the need to shed light on the killing and the importance of punishing the culprits, said a source from Turkish presidency, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.