Saudi says murder of journalist Khashoggi 'premeditated'



Britain will revoke the visas of Saudi Arabian suspects involved in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.

Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb said investigators concluded that Khashoggi's killing was a premeditated crime after reviewing evidence presented by Turkish officials as part of a joint investigation, according to a statement on the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

This year's summit, however, has been overshadowed by the killing October 2 of Khashoggi.

On Wednesday, the prince called the killing "heinous" and "painful to all Saudis" in his first extensive public remarks on the topic.

Saudi Arabia announced over the weekend that 18 Saudis had been arrested following the killing, while four senior intelligence officials and an adviser to the crown prince had been fired. "He's running things and so if anybody were going to be, it would be him", the president responded.

Erdogan's taste for the style of Islamist government espoused by Khashoggi, his relationship with Saudi Arabia's adversary Qatar, and his penchant for controlling information - including the wholesale abuse of journalists - are among the reasons to be suspicious of his motives.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan earlier this week said the "savage" murder had been planned, while Turkish media have published gruesome details of Khashoggi's alleged torture and decapitation. Trump also said however the crown prince "strongly said that he had nothing to do with this, this was at a lower level". But the US president suggested responsibility lay higher up.

Key mysteries yet to be explained are suspicions that Saudi Arabia's crown prince ordered the killing - even though he publicly condemned it - and the whereabouts of the Washington Post columnist's body. Turkish officials say a 15-man Saudi team, that includes at least one member from the prince's entourage, killed the writer at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi conference loses sheen after Khashoggi crisis
She called on Saudi Arabia to "ensure a swift, transparent and credible investigation" and hold those responsible to account. Since Bahraini Crown Prince came to office in 1999, the kingdom has achieved great and huge strides.

Reports Thursday indicated that CIA Director Gina Haspel recently listened to an audio recording of the Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi's last moments.

Saudi leaders have denied involvement in Khashoggi's murder, pushing responsibility down the chain of command.

"Mohammed bin Salman needs Trump - his very survival depends on Trump working with him", said Indyk, now at the Council on Foreign Relations.

On Thursday, Prince Mohammed chaired the first meeting of a committee his father King Salman has tasked with revamping the intelligence services in light of the Khashoggi crisis.

But when quizzed over whether Mr Blair would axe his deal with Saudi, a spokesman for the institute told Business Insider: "We have nothing further to add to what Mr Blair has said previously".

Turkey, which is investigating the killing, has dismissed Saudi efforts to blame rogue operatives and has promised to hold those behind Khashoggi's death responsible. "If these individuals now have visas, those visas will be revoked today".

Trump on Tuesday described Khashoggi's killing as "one of the worst in the history of cover-ups", adding that "somebody really messed up" when conceiving of the plan.

The officials said the two, in a telephone call on Wednesday, also discussed steps that need to be taken for the investigation.

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