Jamal Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia, US praises decision

Saudi Arabia admits Khashoggi murder was 'premeditated'

Saudi Arabia denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate for more than two weeks, before claiming he was killed accidentally in a fight at the consulate.

Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad was sent to Istanbul to kill the journalist, a onetime Saudi insider who became an outspoken critic of Prince Mohammed in columns for The Washington Post.

Riyadh yesterday dismissed Ankara's calls to extradite 18 Saudis wanted for the murder of Mr Khashoggi, as Washington warned that the crisis risked destabilising the Middle East.

In his first public comments on the case, Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's de factor ruler, this week denounced the "repulsive" murder for which 18 Saudis including a senior intelligence officer have been detained.

"Failure of any nation to adhere to worldwide norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most", he added.

German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier, whose ministry is responsible for authorizing weapons exports, told ZDF television Monday that "we won't, at this point, approve any further arms exports because we want to know what happened".

On Thursday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed US President Donald Trump on the latest developments in the investigation after a fact-finding mission to Turkey.

The announcement by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan came a day after the Saudi prosecutor said that, based on evidence supplied by Turkey, the murder appeared to have been premeditated - the first time Saudi authorities have made such an admission.

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The announcement contradicted an earlier Saudi assertion that rogue officials from the kingdom had killed Khashoggi by mistake in a brawl inside their Istanbul consulate.

Supporters, friends and relatives of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday held a candlelight vigil outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to demand justice for his "barbaric" murder.

Mr Erdogan also said Riyadh needed to disclose the identity of the "local cooperator" who purportedly took Khashoggi's body from Saudi agents after what the President described as a "savage killing" at the consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "Our secretary of state has already revoked visas and will be taking additional measures".

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.

Saudi state media reported that Salah and his family expressed "great thanks" to King Salman and the Crown Prince, the man who may have ordered his father's death.

Jubeir said that the issue is being thoroughly investigated, adding that, "We will know the truth".

"Information from the Turkish side affirms that the suspects in Khashoggi's case premeditated their crime", said the statement carried by state TV.

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