The eldest son of the murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi has left Saudi Arabia, sources close to the family have said, as the Saudi public prosecutor’s office suggested for the first time that the writer’s killing was premeditated, contradicting the country’s previous claims.
Salah Khashoggi’s ashen face struck a chord with millions worldwide this week after he was summoned to receive condolences from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman – the man many believe ordered the assassination of his father.
The younger Khashoggi, who holds dual Saudi-US citizenship, has been barred from travelling outside the kingdom in recent months. He left the country for the US with his family late on Wednesday.
The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, had discussed Khashoggi’s son’s situation during his recent visit to Riyadh and “made it clear” to Saudi leaders that Washington wanted him free to leave the kingdom, the state department spokesman Robert Palladino said on Thursday.
Salah Khashoggi’s departure came just before Riyadh authorities said new information from Turkey had come to light indicating that the dissident journalist’s death at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul was premeditated, contradicting Riyadh’s previous claims that Khashoggi was killed by accident and his death covered up by rogue operatives
SOURCE: Bethan McKernan