Saudi Crown Prince Acknowledges Khashoggi Murder for First Time

Saudi Crown Prince Acknowledges Khashoggi Murder for First Time

US President Donald Trump has stated that it will be up to the US Congress to decide what to do in response to the killing.

Turkish officials suspect Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, 59, inside the consulate and cut up his body.

Shortly after Khashoggi disappeared on October 2 while retrieving a document at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkish authorities said he was the victim of a premeditated killing by 15 Saudi agents sent to Turkey on a mission to permanently silence the journalist, who had been critical of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. "Where is it?" Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Palestinian counterpart.

Turkish officials have blamed Saudi Arabia since the beginning, and this week President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said Turkey had strong evidence the journalist was killed in a premeditated and "savage" murder.

Saudi Arabia acknowledged for the first time yesterday that the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated, backtracking on its claim that he had died accidentally during a fistfight.

"On this occasion, and from this place where the spirit of Jamal has been lost, we clearly state that we will not accept compromises in the case of his murder", the group outside the consulate said in a statement, read out in Arabic, Turkish and English.

"The chancellor urged Saudi Arabia to ensure a rapid, transparent and credible investigation". Some were members of a 15-man hit team, many of them Saudi intelligence operatives, who flew into Istanbul hours before Khashoggi's death, Turkish security sources say.

In his first public comments on the matter, bin Salman promised on Wednesday that the killers would be brought to justice.

A photograph of the meeting showed Salah staring coldly at the prince as the pair shook hands.

The son of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has arrived in the United States after leaving Riyadh with his family, an informed source told CNN on Thursday.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia's King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman met with Salah and other relatives. He had been planning to settle in Istanbul and marry his Turkish fiancee when he was detained and killed in the Saudi Consulate.

The king assured Russian President Vladimir Putin in a phone call on Thursday that the Saudi government was determined to hold the guilty parties accountable and make sure "they receive their punishment", according to the official Saudi press agency.

At a conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, the crown prince said the killing was a "heinous crime that can not be justified" and warned against any efforts to "manipulate" the crisis and drive a wedge between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which are regional rivals but also diplomatic and business partners.

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