Saudi Arabia: Shifting narrative over journalist murder

Turkey dismissed the Saudi assertion of an accidental death and has pressed the kingdom to concede Khashoggi was deliberately targeted for death.

While the Saudi prosecutor's office did not say specifically that its investigators reached the same conclusion, the statement seemed created to acknowledge the legitimacy of evidence and allegations from Turkey that Khashoggi's killing was planned.

The officials provided Haspel with video images and audio tapes as well as evidence gathered from the consulate and the consul's residence during a briefing at the Turkish Intelligence Organisation (MIT), Sabah newspaper reported.

"Saudi Arabia is carrying out all of the legal procedures to investigate and present the guilty to trial", the crown prince told his audience.

On Tuesday, Salah Khashoggi was pictured shaking hands with Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the man widely believed to have organised the killing of his father, during a visit between the Khashoggi family and the Saudi royal family, including King Salman.

Of course, the "heinous crime" is the apparent abduction, torture and murder of former Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Jamal Khashoggi, an American journalist based in Saudi Arabia, died at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, according to the Turkish government. The U.S. has always been Saudi Arabia's most important partner and Trump has made the kingdom the centerpiece of his efforts to isolate Iran. "Where is it?" Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, said Thursday at a news conference.

Saudi state news agency SPA said on Thursday that MbS had presided over the first meeting of a committee to carry out that restructuring and that it had come up with recommendations to improve the agency's work. An internal investigation wages on.

He calls it a "repulsive incident", insisting the kingdom is cooperating with Turkey and that "justice will prevail".

Saudi Arabia is the lynchpin of a US -backed regional bloc against Iran but the crisis has strained Riyadh's relations with the West. Dozens of Western officials, world bankers and company executives shunned a major three-day investment conference in Riyadh this week. "Saudi Arabia had suggestions on this matter and we didn't say no to them, but for the moment taking the case to global court is not on the agenda", he said, adding, "For the moment, we don't have the intention to do that".

Did Jamal Khashoggi know more about Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman [MbS] secret and dirty dealings?

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