Saudi Arabia again changes its story on Khashoggi killing

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CIA Director Gina Haspel has briefed US President Donald Trump after reportedly listening to "compelling" audio recording which captured the killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, a columnist for The Washington Post and a Saudi dissident, was murdered in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in early October by Saudi officials.

The Saudi state is responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and can not "wash its hands" of responsibility, UN Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Execution Agnes Callamard said at the UN headquarters in New York City on Thursday. He was there to pick up marriage papers, with his fiancée waiting outside in their vehicle.

"We have maintained since the beginning that the Khashoggi murder was premeditated", a senior Turkish official told The Washington Post shortly after the Saudi announcement on Thursday.

He also met Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS) who offered him his condolences for his father's death.

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Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in May 2010.

Mevlut Cavusoglu is Turkey's foreign minister.

So far, Saudi authorities have arrested 18 people in connection with the killing and fired top security officials considered close to MBS.

"First, we know that killing was in the consulate, which is representative of the state of Saudi Arabia", Callamard said.

Turkey said it believed a hit squad of Saudi nationals had travelled to Istanbul with the sole goal of killing Khashoggi, a former member of the Saudi elite who became critical of the current government's administration in his country.

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Saudi officials told The Associated Press this week that the kingdom sent a team to Turkey that included a forensics expert and a member whose job was to dress in the 59-year-old writer's clothes and pretend to be him - though they were insisting as late as Tuesday that his death was an accident.

Initially Saudi officials claimed Khashoggi had left the diplomatic mission unharmed; however, under Turkish pressure joined by the questions from the global community, it was forced to confess that he had been killed in a premeditated murder.

Saudi officials did not respond to requests for comment, but Whitson said that they were apparently allowed to leave after a travel ban on Salah was lifted.

The affair prompted numerous high-profile political and business leaders to pull out of Saudi Arabia's Future Investment Forum (FII) in the capital Riyadh this week.

Salah Khashoggi, who holds dual U.S. -Saudi citizenship and had thus far been under a travel ban, departed Saudi Arabia on Wednesday. The resolution came several days after Germany became the first Western government to suspend arms sales to Saudi Arabia, the world's largest arms importer.

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