Saudi Arabia now says Khashoggi murder 'premeditated'

Emmanuel Macron and Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attending a press conference at the Elysee Palace in Paris France

Changing story again, Saudi Arabia says killing was planned

Salah Jamal Khashoggi and his uncle Sahl bin Ahmed Khashoggi were received Tuesday by Saudi King Salman and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who expressed their condolences over the killing of the dissident journalist.

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"Jamal Khashoggi's killing is a violently planned and a very complicated murder, which was being covered up", said Omer Celik, spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's Ruling AK party. "As such, we will be transparent and show our allies and friends in the United States. that the kingdom is as unhappy about what has happened as anybody else", he told CNN on the sidelines of an investment conference in the capital Riyadh. The Washington Post reported Wednesday that Haspel listened to audio purportedly of his interrogation and murder while she was in Turkey.

Meanwhile, world leaders continue to urge the Saudi authorities to clarify the circumstances of the journalist's killing.

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Turkish officials say the 15 men comprised a Saudi hit squad that included a member of Prince Mohammed's entourage on overseas trips.

Saudi Arabia's pro-government Okaz newspaper said Salah - a dual US-Saudi citizen - departed the kingdom on Wednesday, without offering any details.

After the journalist disappeared, Saudi Arabia initially insisted Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate after visiting the building.

Trump, who has reiterated that he views Saudi Arabia as a great ally and an important purchaser of USA weaponry, seems to have grown more suspicious of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's role in Khashoggi's death.

Speaking to a packed auditorium of at least 1,400 people, with other attendees lining the walls, the prince promised an overhaul of Saudi security services and said that ties with Turkey would remain strong so long as he and his father, King Salman, were in power.

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The statement is a further shift in the Saudi government's story about what happened to Khashoggi.

Initially, Riyadh denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Cavusoglu said Turkey had no intention of taking the Khashoggi case to an worldwide court but would share information if an global inquiry were launched.

Turkish officials also told the Associated Press that investigators were looking for Khashoggi's remains in a nearby forest and in a city about two hours away from Istanbul.

Erdogan has called Khashoggi's murder a "savage killing" and demanded Riyadh punish those responsible, no matter how highly placed.

Khashoggi's death was described as "murder" for the first time by Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday.

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