Global outcry over Khashoggi killing 'hysterical', Saudi official says

Global outcry over Khashoggi killing 'hysterical', Saudi official says

Global outcry over Khashoggi killing 'hysterical', Saudi official says

"The public prosecution received information from the Turkish side through the Joint Working Group between the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the Turkish Republic, indicating that the suspects in Khashoggi's case premeditated their crime", Al Mo'jab stated.

Khashoggi's killing has spiralled into a major crisis for Saudi Arabia and its powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, with the kingdom's shifting narrative being met with skepticism in Turkey and other parts of the world.

Sarah Leah Whitson, the executive director of HRW's Middle East and North Africa division, said that Saudi journalist's son Salah and his family left Riyadh on Thursday after a travel ban was lifted.

Erdogan on Wednesday spoke on the phone with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for the first time since the murder.

"Failure of any nation to adhere to worldwide norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed most", he stressed.

"From this place where Jamal lost his life, we clearly state that we will not accept compromises in the case of his murder", said a statement from the group, read by Ayman Nour, the Egyptian chief of opposition broadcaster El-Sharq.

The White House would not comment on the reported briefing, but told the Post Haspel told President Trump about her "findings and discussions" while in Turkey this week.

Days later, the Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb said that Saudi investigators came to the same conclusion after Turkish officials presented them evidence, according to the state-run Saudi Press Agency.

The announcement contradicted an earlier Saudi assertion that rogue officials from the kingdom had killed Khashoggi by mistake in a brawl inside their Istanbul consulate.

Cengiz, who is studying for a PhD in Istanbul, also said she declined an invitation to the USA from President Donald Trump, a staunch defender of the Gulf kingdom.

Saudi Arabia had denied any involvement in the killing before admitting the journalist died in their Istanbul consulate after a fight.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said those behind the killing must be held accountable.

In her first interview since Khashoggi's death, Hatice Cengiz, 38, told Turkish television channel HaberTurk that she continually asks herself questions about that day and the events leading up to their visit to the consulate.

A vigil is held for Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul, as pressure is piled on the Saudis over his killing.

He also said Riyadh needs to disclose the identity of its "local cooperator" who purportedly took Khashoggi's body from Saudi agents after the journalist was killed at the consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Al-Jubeir said that critics should wait for Saudi Arabia to finish their investigation before blaming anybody. Turkish sources say authorities have an audio recording purportedly documenting the murder.

And he made clear that the US commitment to the region outpaces any presence by Russian Federation, which he said lacks essential moral principles.

Referring to Trump's invitation, she said: "I perceived it as a statement to win public favour".

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