Evidence shows Khashoggi killing planned, carried out by Saudi officials

Evidence shows Khashoggi killing planned, carried out by Saudi officials

Evidence shows Khashoggi killing planned, carried out by Saudi officials

US President Donald Trump declined to meet a Friday deadline to report to the Senate on whether the White House believes Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, also known as MBS, ordered the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The New York Times is reporting USA intelligence agencies have uncovered a 2017 conversation in which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide that he would go after Jamal Khashoggi "with a bullet" if the exiled journalist could not be brought back to Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia insisted Friday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not authorise the killing of dissident Jamal Khashoggi and urged the United States to take a step back from imposing sanctions over the "rogue operation".

While Riyadh denies any involvement of Prince Mohammed, the crown prince has been implicated in the murder by American senators based on the CIA's conclusions. Prince Salman's visit will be significant as Saudi Arabia is a major energy security provider for India.

A UN-led inquiry into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi has determined that the dissident journalist was the victim of a "brutal and premeditated killing" which was "planned and perpetrated" by Saudi Arabian officials.

It has arrested several senior Saudi officials, but the murder plunged the kingdom into one of its worst diplomatic crises.

"For anyone to think that they can dictate what we should do, what our leadership should do, is preposterous", al-Jubeir said.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor, was killed on October 2 during a visit to his country's consulate in Istanbul to obtain paperwork ahead of his wedding to Hatice Cengiz.

Altun told Reuters that Saudi authorities must extradite Khashoggi's killers as proof of their willingness to serve justice. He repeated his government's insistence that the crown prince "did not order this".

"It's been clear that the president has tried to put this matter behind him, move on with the U.S. -Saudi relationship", Mazzetti said.

The conversation, which was intercepted and transcribed by the U.S. intelligence, took place during the period when Riyadh's concerns about Khashoggi's criticism were growing and amid the prince's moves to tighten his grip on power in Saudi Arabia, the newspaper noted.

Earlier on Friday, an aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said Saudi officials' "complete lack of transparency" on the murder investigation is deeply concerning and detrimental to their credibility. "We know this was not authorised operation...it is a horrific crime and the whole country is outraged by this crime", he said.

Callamard also voiced her concerns over the legitimacy of legal proceedings in Saudi against 11 individuals facing the death penalty if found "guilty" of the journalist's murder.

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