United Nations expert: Jamal Khashoggi’s killing was ‘extrajudicial execution

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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".

"The Public Prosecution continues its investigations with the accused in the light of what it has received and the results of its investigations to reach facts and complete the course of justice", the official news report reads.

CIA Director Gina Haspel reportedly flew to Turkey Monday to hear audio of the alleged murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Instanbul earlier this month.

This image taken on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shaking hands with Jamal Khashoggi's son in Riyadh on October 23, 2018.

In his first public comments on the case, Prince Mohammed, the kingdom's de factor ruler, this week denounced the "repulsive" murder for which 18 Saudis including a senior intelligence officer have been detained.

Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron tonight phoned King Salman of Saudi Arabia to urge his secretive regime to disclose information about Jamal Khashoggi's murder and threaten sanctions against those involved.

Canada temporarily suspended approvals of new export permits to the Gulf kingdom in 2017, while the government investigated allegations that Saudi Arabia had used Canadian-made armoured vehicles against its minority Shia Muslim population. Officials and the crown prince's supporters said the suspects tried to cover up their crime and provided the leadership with misleading accounts of the murder.

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After denying his death for almost three weeks, the kingdom last week said the 59-year-old was accidentally killed after a discussion at the consulate turned into an altercation.

Merkel's office didn't elaborate on the warning in a statement following a call between the German leader and Saudi Arabia's King Salman.

After days of denying any knowledge of his whereabouts, Saudi officials last week admitted that the journalist had been killed inside the consulate.

Also today, Human Rights Watch said that Khashoggi's son, Salah, and his family have left Saudi Arabia for the United States after a travel ban on them was lifted.

Saudi Energy Minister Khalid Al-Falih conceded yesterday that the scandal had hurt the kingdom's image. The two countries, while both allies of the US, have taken opposing positions on crucial Middle East flash points.

The U.S. has always been Saudi Arabia's most important partner and Trump has made the kingdom the centerpiece of his efforts to isolate Iran.

Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative conference, nicknamed "Davos in the desert", the prince said all culprits would be punished, and vowed Saudi Arabia and Turkey would work together to find the killers.