Published: Sun, October 28, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Journalist's murder was 'premeditated', says Saudi government

Journalist's murder was 'premeditated', says Saudi government

President Donald Trump described the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi as a botched operation and a "bad original concept" as his administration took its first, careful steps toward punishing the Saudis by moving to revoke the visas of the suspects.

Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing on "rogue agents". Just 5 percent said he has been too tough.

Saudi ministers said culprits behind the killing would face justice "no matter who they may be".

Saudi Arabia first denied any involvement in Khashoggi's disappearance on October 2, but a Saudi official eventually attributed his death to a botched attempt to return him to the kingdom.

The US will revoked the visas of those believed responsible for Khashoggi's killing - Saudi Arabia says 18 Saudi nationals have been detained. The poll has a margin of error of 2.5 percentage points.

Saudi Arabia's explanation has been questioned by leaders in the U.S. and Europe.

"Intelligence and security institutions have evidence showing the murder was planned", the Turkish president said.

On Saturday, Saudi Arabia said the Washington Post columnist, who was a sharp critic of the crown prince, had been accidentally killed in a brawl.

"If Saudi Arabia claims that the body of Khashoggi was handed over to someone, that person's name should be revealed", Erdogan said.

The Associated Press reports that a US official, who refused to be identified by name, said Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel is in Turkey to discuss the case. Dozens of government and business leaders have pulled out, but Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman appeared at the event on Tuesday.

Earlier this week, he said he's not satisfied with the explanations he's heard from Saudi Arabia thus far.

On Tuesday, Saudi Arabia released photos of Khashoggi's son giving Mohamed bin Salman an icy stare as the two shook hands during a meeting in Riyadh that also included King Salman.

While Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan has been loudly critical of Saudi Arabia over the case, which has caused global backlash, Trump recently told reporters that he wanted to get all the facts at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul before agreeing with him.

An unnamed source told The Washington Post two weeks ago that the "lays out what happened to Jamal after he entered" the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is responsible for the death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkish presidential aide Ilnur Cevik said on Wednesday.

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