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Son of murdered journalist Khashoggi leaves Saudi Arabia for US

26 October, 2018, 09:26 | Author: Lawrence Cooper
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The report said King Salman and Prince Mohammed offered their condolences to the family of the Saudi journalist.

The Saudi disclosure came after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week.

"It is tragic that it took his death to get the Saudi authorities to grant them the freedom to travel", Slim told AFP.

President Donald Trump had initially said that explanation was credible, but in recent days expressed doubts, calling it "the worst coverup ever".

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

Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was killed on October 2 after a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork before marrying his Turkish fiancee. "Where is it?" Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Palestinian counterpart.

Earlier on Thursday, Saudi Arabian Prosecutor General Saud Mujib said the murder of Khashoggi, a United States resident and Saudi Arabia critic, was premeditated. The top government lawyer in Saudi Arabia, Saud al-Mojeb, said in a statement that the team used information from Turkish officials to conclude that the killing had been planned.

An independent United Nations investigator says Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of an "extrajudicial execution" carried out by the Saudi state.

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The European Parliament passed a nonbinding resolution Thursday urging an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in response.

Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment, but Whitson said that they were apparently allowed to leave after a travel ban on Salah was lifted.

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

Speaking to a packed auditorium of at least 1,400 people, with other attendees lining the walls, the prince promised an overhaul of Saudi security services and said that ties with Turkey would remain strong so long as he and his father, King Salman, were in power.

Dozens of people stood vigil outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Thursday to demand justice.

Earlier on Wednesday, a close aide to Erdogan accused Prince Mohammed of having "blood on his hands".

King Salman also spoke to Vladimir Putin on Thursday, telling the Russian president that the Saudi government was determined to hold the guilty parties accountable and to make sure "they receive their punishment".

But striking a defiant tone, the crown prince told worldwide investors at the three-day gathering on Wednesday that the furore would not derail the kingdom's reform drive.

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