Jamal Khashoggi’s killing was ‘extrajudicial execution’

Jamal Khashoggi’s killing was ‘extrajudicial execution’

CIA Director Gina Haspel will brief President Trump Thursday on what she has learned about the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders confirmed Thursday morning.

US President Donald Trump has derided the killing as "one of the worst cover-ups" in history. US intelligence officials and lawmakers as well as the European Union have said that an operation targeting a critic of the royal court in a foreign country is unlikely to have been ordered without the knowledge of senior Saudi officials.

Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was killed on October 2 after a visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork before marrying his Turkish fiancee.

"We have shared with those who sought additional information some of the information and findings that the prosecutor has allowed us to share", Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told reporters, without giving details.

The Saudi prosecution had received information from Turkish investigators suggesting that the suspects meant to kill Khashoggi, and would continue its probe in light of those findings, the official Saudi Press Agency said on Thursday.

"On this occasion, and from this place where the spirit of Jamal has been lost, we clearly state that we will not accept compromises in the case of his murder", the group outside the consulate said in a statement, read out in Arabic, Turkish and English.

The European Parliament passed a nonbinding resolution Thursday urging an EU-wide arms embargo on Saudi Arabia in response. Some were members of a 15-man hit team, many of them Saudi intelligence operatives, who flew into Istanbul hours before Khashoggi's death, Turkish security sources say.

The son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Salah, and his family have left the Gulf kingdom after the government lifted a travel ban, Human Rights Watch said Thursday.

A state media photo showing Salah staring coldly at the prince as the pair shook hands went viral on social media, where rights activists demanded the immediate lifting of the travel ban.

Earlier on Wednesday, a close aide to Erdogan accused Prince Mohammed of having "blood on his hands".

The king assured Putin that the Saudi government was determined to hold the guilty parties accountable and to make sure "they receive their punishment".

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.

But striking a defiant tone, the crown prince told global investors at the three-day gathering on Wednesday that the furore would not derail the kingdom's reform drive.

Governments around the world, however, did not believe those claims.

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