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Saudis preparing to admit Jamal Khashoggi died during interrogation, sources say


The Saudis are preparing a report that will acknowledge that Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's death was the result of an interrogation that went wrong, one that was intended to lead to his abduction from Turkey, according to two sources, CNN reported.

One source says the report will likely conclude that the operation was carried out without clearance and transparency and that those involved will be held responsible.

One of the sources acknowledged that the report is still being prepared and cautioned that things could change.

The Washington Post columnist was last seen in public when he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in Turkey on October 2.

CCTV footage shows Khashoggi entering the Saudi consulate on October 2.

Previously, Saudi authorities had maintained Khashoggi left the consulate the same afternoon of his visit, but provided no evidence to support the claim.

Khashoggi's fiancée, Hatice Cengiz, who was waiting outside the consulate, says she did not see him re-emerge.

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The disappearance created a diplomatic rift between Saudi Arabia and the West. Amid the fallout, international firms pulled out of a high-profile investment summit, the Future Investment Initiative conference, due to take place later this month in Riyadh.

The case also caused friction between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, which has repeatedly accused the Saudis of failing to cooperate with their investigation.

Turkish authorities previously said they believed that 15 Saudi men who arrived in Istanbul on October 2 were connected to Khashoggi's disappearance and possible murder. At least some of them appear to have high-level connections in the Saudi government.

On Friday, a source familiar with the investigation told CNN that Turkish authorities have audio and visual evidence that shows journalist Khashoggi was killed inside the consulate.

CNN reporters saw Turkish investigators, including forensics officers, entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul Monday evening. Saudi officials had granted permission for the premises to be searched, a Turkish diplomatic source told CNN, and police were seen cordoning off the area before investigators arrived. Turkish officials also wanted to search the nearby consul general's residence.

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My view: This is like from a horror movie, pure evil. The Consulate should be closed, who wants to go inside that house of horror, knowing you wouldn't come out alive, you'll be dismembered. The rogue theory by Trump is just nonsence, he'll believe anything to protect the Trump organisation and not the $100billion arms deal. The crown Prince of Saudi should step down, this terrible tragedy happened under his watch. They shouldn't twist and put a scapegoat that was just following orders. No matter how the Saudi government frame their report, the Crown Prince is damaged because of it. It wasn't an abduction, it was planned, why was the bone-saw neccessary in order to abduct a defenceless man?, such a bogus theory. They denied having anything to do with his disappearance and now they're saying it a rogue that killed him. I hope Khashoggi's girlfriend, family and the Washington Post take legal action against the Saudi government. Khashoggi's brutal murder is inexcusable, the way he was killed was just terrible and God will not forgive his killers. The Consulate is supposed to be a safe place but it has turned into a house of murder, who knows how many people have been killed like that, I guess Khashoggi wasn't their first, victim.