Saudi Arabia Says Khashoggi’s Murder Was "Premeditated"

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Evidence Shows Khashoggi Was 'Brutally Murdered,' Turkish President Erdogan Says

Khan's government announced later Tuesday in a statement from Islamabad that Saudi Arabia had pledged $3 billion to Pakistan as it battles a balance of payments crisis, as well as to defer another $3 billion in payments for oil imports.

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.

Instead, Erdogan diplomatically withheld the most damning proof against Saudi Arabia's claims of Crown Prince MBS's innocence.

"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.

Asked on Friday if he was convinced by Saudi Arabia's explanation, Donald Trump said: "I am not satisfied with what I've heard".

The sources said Khashoggi had been "cut up" and his face was "disfigured".

"And if you look at the other side, Iran, you look at what they've done to people, vicious, horrible", Trump said. "Prince Mohammed replied that he didn't", Trump said.

The US leader criticised the kingdom for one of the "worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

"We're going to know a lot over the next two days about the Saudi situation", he added.

Rouhani said that before Khashoggi's murder "it would have been unthinkable that in this day and age we would witness such an organized felony".

Erdogan focused in again Wednesday on Khashoggi's death.

But he called into question the ability of Saudi authorities to investigate the killing, saying the investigation needed to be carried out by an independent authority without the suspicion of any connection to the culprits. "A fair number of US companies didn't make the trip, as you know, and that's an issue of timing", he said, adding that he believes over the long-term the relationship will be "very positive".

But he suggested responsibility lay higher up: "Well, the prince is running things over there more so at this stage".

An adviser to Turkey's leader said on Wednesday Saudi Arabia's crown prince had "blood on his hands" over Jamal Khashoggi's killing, the bluntest comments yet from someone linked to Tayyip Erdogan about Riyadh's de facto ruler in connection with the death. He later eats dinner with his accomplice and goes back to a hotel, where footage shows him smiling and laughing.

"We have identified some of the individuals responsible, including those in the intelligence services, the foreign ministry the royal court and other Saudi ministries whom we suspect to have been involved in Jamal Khashoggi's death", Pompeo said.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he is working with the Treasury Department on whether to impose sanctions on those found responsible for the journalist's death. Ministers from Britain and France and the United States, which have huge defence deals at stake with Saudi Arabia, have stayed away.

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