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Saudi authorities came close to acknowledging that the murder of insider-turned-critic Jamal Khashoggi was premeditated as pressure mounted on the kingdom to provide a credible explanation to the killing that roiled its ties with the West and spooked investors.

Initially, Riyadh denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Public Prosecution received the information from the joint Saudi-Turkey team investigating Khashoggi's death.

While Saudi officials have said the crown prince, also known as MBS, had no knowledge of the plan to kill Khashoggi, this has left many unconvinced.

CIA Director Gina Haspel visited Ankara on Tuesday for talks, with Turkish pro-government media claiming on Wednesday intelligence officials shared evidence with her.

The CIA declined to comment when asked whether Haspel heard any such recording.

Turkish officials suspect Saudi agents killed Khashoggi, 59, inside the consulate and cut up his body.

The announcement was made by the kingdom's attorney general and released through the official Saudi Press Agency. "The criminal investigation continues in Turkey".

Riyadh finally accepted on Thursday what Turkey had said virtually from the start - that he was killed in a premeditated hit.




During the vigil, a friend of Khashoggi and advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, said that "no one can sweep this affair under the rug".

Turkey did not have "any desire" to take the case to an global court, he added, but would be willing to share information and the outcomes of its investigation. Speaking at an investment forum he was hosting in Riyadh, the crown prince called the killing a "heinous crime" but offered no new information on what happened.

But striking a defiant tone, MbS told worldwide investors at the conference yesterday that the furore would not derail the kingdom's reform drive.

He calls it a "repulsive incident", insisting the kingdom is cooperating with Turkey and that "justice will prevail".

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al Falih conceded on Wednesday that the scandal over Khashoggi had hurt the kingdom's image.

'On the other hand, once light has been shed on the matter and has been corroborated by our services, based on the hypothesis that Saudi Arabia's responsibility has been proved, then we would draw the necessary conclusions and impose appropriate sanctions, ' he said.

"The interests that tie us are bigger than what is being weakened by the failed boycotting campaign of the conference", he told Saudi state TV.

Will Saudi Arabia Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman [MbS] owned-up for being responsible for the forceful attempted repatriation and kidnapping of Jamal Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia to be silenced for ever by 15 killing "rogue elements" squad and was "choke-up" when "interrogation gone wrong"?


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