Jamal Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia as kingdom says killing was 'planned'

Jamal Khashoggi's son leaves Saudi Arabia as kingdom says killing was 'planned'

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Saturday that the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi undermined Middle Eastern stability and that Washington would take additional measures against those responsible.

A senior Turkish official said that Turkey was requesting the extradition because Khashoggi was murdered by Saudis who traveled to Turkey, and because it was "clear that the judicial system in Turkey is better equipped to genuinely serve the cause of justice in this case".

Erdoğan has said the three others in the group of 18 who have been detained in Saudi Arabia were consulate employees.

"I demand that all those involved in this savagery from the highest to the lowest levels are punished and brought to justice".

President Donald Trump has hardened his stance on the matter in the past week, calling it the "worst cover-up in history", while at the same time emphasising Saudi Arabia's role as America's most important Arab ally and the value of USA arms sales to the country.

Turkish media have published a series of grisly revelations about the murder.

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The statement from Saudi prosecutors that evidence showed Khashoggi's killing was premeditated contradicted an earlier Saudi assertion that rogue officials from the kingdom had killed Khashoggi by mistake in a brawl.

"On the issue of extradition, the individuals are Saudi nationals".

Trump also said Riyad had staged the "worst cover-up ever" over the killing.

She said: "I would never have wanted to marry him if I had known it would lead to his death".

The Saudi born journalist had been living in self-imposed exile in the USA for over a year and written columns for the Washington Post criticizing prince Muhammad's autocratic leadership.

Saudi Arabia has changed its story a number of times when trying to explain what happened to the Washington Post columnist who disappeared during a visit to its consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork he needed to remarry.

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"His local network in Turkey was very good as you know, his political network as well", Cengiz said.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a USA resident, was killed after entering the consulate to obtain a document that would allow him to remarry.

Saudi Arabia confirmed on October 19 that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi died during a fight in the Saudi consulate in Turkey.

This comes as Saudi prosecutors said the Mr Khashoggi's death was a premeditated crime.

Investigators believe his body was sliced up and the head, torso and legs thrown into the well after Saudi Arabian intelligence officers, who are thought to be behind the killing, panicked and quickly disposed of his remains in suitcases that were thrown into the well.

The Saudi prosecution had received information from Turkish investigators suggesting that the suspects meant to kill Khashoggi, and would continue its probe in light of those findings, the official Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday.

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