The murder of Khashoggi was premeditated: Saudi Prosecutor
The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “premeditated,” according to the information that the Saudi General Prosecutor’s Office has received from Turkey on this case, which took place on October 2 at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
“The Saudi General Prosecutor’s Office received information from the Turkish side (…) of the Saudi Arabian and Turkish team, stating that the defendants in this incident had the premeditated intention” to kill Khashoggi, the state agency SPA reported.
In a brief statement from the attorney general, Saud al Moyeb, said that the body he directs continues its “own investigations” with 18 accused “in order to achieve truth and justice.”
The Saudi authorities have changed their version of the facts on several occasions. At first, they claimed that Khashoggi left the consulate on his own foot on the same day, but they acknowledged the murder of the journalist on the 20th.
Then the prosecution claimed that his death happened in a fight inside the consulate in Istanbul, a version that has been considered insufficient by several foreign governments.
Upon recognizing the journalist’s death, the Office of the Prosecutor announced the arrest of 18 people and the resignation of two security officers implicated in the events. At all times the authorities have denied that King Salman and his son, Prince Mohamed, had knowledge of the facts.
Prince Mohamed bin Salman said yesterday that Khashoggi‘s death is an “odious incident” and promised that the perpetrators will be held accountable. The Turkish and Saudi authorities have not yet reported the whereabouts of the journalist’s remains or have clarified who gave the order to commit the murder at the consulate.