Saudi says Turkish probe shows Khashoggi murder ‘premeditated’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman speaks during a joint session of the Future Investment Initiative (FII) conference in the capital Riyadh

(AFP) – Saudi Arabia acknowledged on Thursday that the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi appeared to have been premeditated, based on information from Turkey, as it sought to draw a line under the crisis.

It was the latest twist in the shifting official narrative of the October 2 killing which US President Donald Trump has derided as “one of the worst cover-ups” in history.

The Saudi public prosecutor said he was making the latest assessment on the basis of evidence supplied by Turkey which has been the source of the spate of grisly revelations about the government critic’s death that triggered an international outcry.

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 virtually from the start — that he was killed in a premeditated hit.

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