Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing



"Information from the Turkish side affirms that the suspects in Khashoggi's case premeditated their crime", Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor stated on Thursday, giving the incident a new twist.

The Foreign Ministry did not say what led the Saudi prosecutor to draw that conclusion, only that it was based on information shared by Turkish investigators working with Saudi officials in Turkey. Representatives for the CIA and Turkish intelligence declined to comment.

Trump, who has reiterated that he views Saudi Arabia as a great ally and an important purchaser of US weaponry, seems to have grown more suspicious of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's role in Khashoggi's death.

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

Crown Jewel was under fire after the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a prominent critic of the country's government.

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The kingdom's announcement that Khashoggi died in a "fistfight" was met with global skepticism and allegations of a cover-up to absolve the 33-year-old crown prince of direct responsibility.

After denying his death for almost three weeks, the kingdom last week said the 59-year-old was accidentally killed after a discussion at the consulate turned into an altercation.

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Saudi Arabia explanation of the causes and circumstances surrounding Jamal Khashoggi's death inside the Saudi Arabia Consulate in Istanbul was simply what US President Donald Trump called; "the worst cover-up" in history.

How Western allies deal with Riyadh will hinge on the extent to which they believe responsibility for Khashoggi's death lies directly with MbS and the Saudi authorities. The Trump administration is facing rising pressure to act against its Arab ally and the president has appeared to be stepping back from giving Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman his full support.

France said earlier Wednesday it would take "punitive measures" if Saudi Arabia is "proven" to be behind the murder.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel has briefed President Donald Trump on her recent visit to Turkey, where she met with Turkish officials to understand what they know on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Lawmakers at the European Union passed a non-binding resolution Thursday calling on member countries to impose an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia.

The affair prompted numerous high-profile political and business leaders to pull out of Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Forum (FII) in the capital Riyadh this week.

As the investigation into Khashoggi's alleged murder has developed, the US government has taken some action.

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