Killing of Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated - Saudi prosecutors

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Scottish National Party leader in Westminster Ian Blackford also called on May to take action against Saudi Arabia.

As Kaye and Callamard noted, United Nations involvement is crucial to ensuring transparency and accountability and could form the basis for punitive actions against Saudi Arabia, including the "possible expulsion of diplomatic personnel, removal from United Nations bodies (such as the Human Rights Council), travel bans, economic consequences, reparations and the possibility of trials in third states".

That earlier assertion, in turn, backtracked from an initial statement that Saudi authorities knew nothing about what happened to the columnist for The Washington Post, who vanished after entering the consulate October 2.

"Khashoggi's death is an worldwide issue-and one that Turkey will pursue", the Turkish president announced at the outset of his public address.

Erdogan said a Saudi team of 15 entered the consulate the day of the killing, and that three men from the team went on an exploration trip to Belgrad forest in Istanbul and Yalova, a 90-kilometre drive south of Istanbul.

Visa records are considered confidential and Pompeo did not say which or how many Saudi officials would have their visas revoked.

An administration official who regularly deals with Kushner pushed back against claims that Kushner and the crown prince are joined at the hip.

"I want to send them a message that they can not do this as long as King Salman is here, and the Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is in Saudi Arabia and the head of Turkey, whose name is Erdogan. this division won't happen". "The criminal investigation continues in Turkey".

In further efforts to diffuse the crisis, Saudi Arabia's cabinet said his killers would be held accountable "no matter who they may be".

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Prince Mohammed told a major investment conference in Riyadh that the killers of Jamal Khashoggi would be brought to justice, in his first public comments since the journalist's murder sparked global condemnation. Look, Saudi Arabia's been a really great ally.

Al-Qahtani for many years was part of the inner circle of the crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

And so Erdogan finally took the stage to finally give "presidential" validation to some of the stories that the Turkish press has clung to in the last two weeks.

The crown prince is likely to appear on a panel alongside Lebanon's prime minister-designate Saad Hariri, whose resignation in a televised address from the Saudi capital in mysterious circumstances past year sparked rumours he was being held against his will.

"All evidence gathered shows that Jamal Khashoggi was the victim of a savage murder".

"I do not doubt the sincerity of King Salman". Such investigations, which are generally carried out by the State Department, can be used by the Treasury Department to impose sanctions on anyone "deemed responsible for a serious rights violation such as torture, prolonged detention without trial, or extrajudicial killing of someone exercising freedom of expression". "This is a political killing", he said. So many jobs. Thousands and thousands of jobs, he said.

Turkish investigators are due to begin the search of a well in the garden of the Saudi consul general's residence in Istanbul, broadcaster NTV says, after Saudi officials had earlier refused to allow them to search. Some consulate employees urgently return to Saudi Arabia for "preparatory work".

In the U.K., - the country that topped the list of the European Union countries in terms of exporting arms to Saudi Arabia - the opposition called on the government to suspend arms sales to the kingdom.

Instead, as the dissident Saudi journalist's murder has now turned into Middle Eastern politicking, the real question, some analysts have suggested, should be: What does Turkey hope to get from the Saudi leadership's successive strategic blunders?

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