Son of murdered journalist Khashoggi leaves Saudi Arabia for US

Son of murdered journalist Khashoggi leaves Saudi Arabia for US

Saudi state media released pictures taken of Salah meeting and shaking hands with Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdelaziz.

After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl.

According to the statement, a joint Saudi-Turkish investigative team "indicates that the suspects in the incident had committed their act with a premeditated intention".

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in May 2010.

On Thursday, the Saudi version of events shifted again, when the Saudi prosecutor said the journalist's murder was premeditated.

But she added: "We should keep in mind there are hundreds, if not thousands, of people in Saudi Arabia who face travel bans and are held in detention without any justice".

Khashoggi - a Washington Post contributor and critic of the crown prince - was killed after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Also Thursday, the European Union issued a fresh condemnation of Khashoggi's killing and reiterated its skepticism that it could have been carried out without Mohammed's knowledge.

Still, neither Trump nor Saudi Arabia has been willing to implicate Saudi leadership in the journalist's killing.

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President Donald Trump had initially said that explanation was credible, but in recent days expressed doubts, calling it "the worst coverup ever".

Turkish media have also published a security camera image allegedly showing a vehicle belonging to the Saudi Consulate "scouting" a forest in the outskirts of Istanbul before Khashoggi was killed.

Turkish officials especially are pushing the Saudi government to identify who ordered the killing. "Where is it?" Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said at a news conference with his Palestinian counterpart.

The son of murdered Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi, has arrived in the USA after leaving Riyadh with his family, an informed source told CNN on Thursday.

An Indonesian journalist holds a placard during a protest over the disappearance of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in front of the Saudi Arabia embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia.

An official at Turkey's presidential palace told Bloomberg, however, that while Turkey wants the crime to be uncovered, it had no interest in interfering in Saudi internal affairs or trying to influence who becomes the next king.

Governments around the world, however, did not believe those claims.

It was not immediately clear how Thursday's announcement from Riyadh would affect Washington's thinking amid bipartisan demands from Congress for severe punishment of Saudi Arabia - the nation at the center of Trump's Middle East policy.

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