Saudi Arabia admitted Thursday that dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a victim of “premeditated” murder.
State radio released the statement after days of denial from the Mideast kingdom and sharing an apparently concocted story of Khashoggi being killed in a brawl that broke out in the Saudi consul’s office in Istanbul, Turkey.
As The Telegraph reports, Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor is reversing the official line, saying the information that Saudi investigators have unearthed in Turkey reveals that Khashoggi was murdered. (RELATED: Khashoggi Death Was Premeditated Murder By Saudis Says Turkish President Erdogan)
“Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated,” reads the statement from the Saudi Press Agency. (RELATED: Saudi Doctor Prescribed Music For Those Watching Journalist Getting Beheaded, Dismembered)
The admission coincides with numerous reports that CIA Director Gina Haspel has listened to an audio recording of the murder, one the Turks have maintained proves that Khashoggi was brutally tortured, murdered and dismembered by a team of hitmen.
Neither Turkish intelligence nor the CIA have commented on whether Haspel has heard the recording.