Saudi Arabia Says Khashoggi Killing Was “Premeditated Act”

by | Oct 25, 2018 | Headline News | 8 comments

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    This report was originally published by Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge

    Nearly a week after Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi had indeed been murdered inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate in what he described as a “botched interrogation”, the kingdom has apparently changed its story once again.

    According to AFP, the public prosecutor is now saying that Khashoggi’s killing was a premeditated act presumably orchestrated by the 15 members of the Saudi hit squad that met and detained Khashoggi inside the consulate on October 2.

    The news immediately preceded a report in the Kingdom’s Al-Arabiya news station that Crown Prince Mohammad bin Saman, who decried Khashoggi’s killing as a “heinous crime” and promised on Wednesday to punish anyone found to be responsible, had chaired his first meeting of the committee to restructure the Saudi intelligence service. The kingdom fired 5 intelligence officials and arrested 18 Saudi nationals for their involvement in the killing.

    Saudi Attorney General Shaikh Suood bin Abdullah Al Mo’jab said are being “interrogated” using the information handed over by the Turks, per CNN.

    “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,” Attorney General Shaikh Suood bin Abdullah Al Mo’jab said.

    “The public prosecution continues its investigations with the accused in accordance with the latest investigation results to reach the facts, God willing, and complete the course of justice.”

    The AG’s comments represent the latest shifting in the Saudis’ story, which is now leaning toward admitting that the killing of Khashoggi was a premeditated act – something that would risk the death penalty for the men who have been arrested. On Wednesday, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih said the killing was “not a death, it’s a murder.”

    Later that day, Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih admitted the scandal of Khashoggi’s killing was a blow to the kingdom.

    “It’s not a death, it’s a murder. We admit it, we’re dealing with it. 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. In fact, we are more unhappy because it has tarnished the name of the kingdom,” he said, speaking to CNN on the sidelines of a high-profile investment conference in Riyadh.

    Now we wait to see if this shift in rhetoric is confirmed by the Crown Prince himself, who skirted these lines when he declared the killing a “heinous crime” on Wednesday.

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      8 Comments

      1. rellik

        Meh!

      2. BJ

        Don’t ya love it when someone or an organization comes out with what they believe is breaking news or a real revelation and everyone is like ooooohhhhhh and aaaaaahhhhhh and you’re sitting back yawning, thinking, “Well no shit Sherlock. I’ve known that for a while now, Captain Obvious.”

      3. Anonymous

        Let the Saud’s do what they will with their own citizens on their own sovereign soil, it isn’t our business and we have nothing to gain by getting involved in it.

        • Norrak

          The only involvement we should have is stopping all relations with the Saudis.

      4. Anonymous

        If old Hilary would have one the election you would have never heard about this

      5. the blame-e

        The Saudis admit to the Saudis carrying out the dismemberment of Khashoggi. The Crown Prince himself admitted to it.

        So what. Here in the US we have MSM, 300-newspapers, the enemy of the people, organizing themselves in a conspiracy to bring down a duly-elected president of the United States by only printing negative news about him.

        Bone saws would do a lot of good with these hysterical Progressive Socialist Democrats.

      6. BigB

        Who cares? Hey Tyler, do you think because you are a writer all forms of media are a protected class. Well you are not, Khashoggi is just another Arab being killed by his own home country. It happens all the time. Mustn’t touch the media class? Bullshit!

      7. Anonymous

        comments have been shadow banned and scrubbed on this web site. By who?

        Burn in Hell you Murdering Saudi dirt bags.
        People will rise up against the house of Sadd.
        You will be naked in the desert without shade water or robes. May your wells run dry.

        China and Saudi thug Politician leaders are Tyrants and mudering demons.

        You will not silence those that oppose TYRANTS. The people will prevail.

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