SHIFTING STORIES

Saudi Arabia Changes Story Again, Admits Jamal Khashoggi’s Murder Was Planned

First Saudi Arabia insisted Jamal Khashoggi walked out of its consulate in Istanbul, then officials claimed that the writer had accidentally been killed in a fistfight—now the country admits the murder was planned. Saudi prosecutors said Thursday that the killing was pre-meditated, the admission was reported by state-run media. Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb said investigators had reviewed evidence presented by Turkish officials as part of a joint investigation and concluded the murder was planned. State media also reported that prosecutors were questioning suspects as a result of the joint investigation. Meanwhile Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman chaired the first meeting of a committee to reform the state's intelligence services Thursday. The group was set up following Khashoggi’s death.