United Nations urges worldwide inquiry on Khashoggi killing

06 December, 2018, 05:39 | Author: Donnie King
  • CIA Director Gina Haspel departs the Capitol Rotunda after visiting the flag-draped casket of former President George H.W. Bush as he lies in state in Washington

Saudi Arabia's crown prince has denied the allegations that he was aware of the murder plot that resulted in the death of Washington Post reporter Jamal Khashoggi in a brutal fashion at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd.

Tuesday's court application says there is "strong suspicion" the two aides were involved in planning the killing.

The diplomat returned to Riyadh in early October shortly after the killing of the dissident Saudi journalist at the kingdom´s consulate in Istanbul.

It was unclear whether Khalid knew that Khashoggi would be killed, the U.S. newspaper said, but he made the call at the discretion of his brother, MBS.

In turn, the Republican Senator from South Carolina Lindsey Graham is sure that holding this briefing will make it hard for the White house "efforts to protect" both the Prince and the relationship with Saudi Arabia as a whole. Qahtani was a key counsellor to the crown prince.

After reports that the Central Intelligence Agency concluded that the crown prince ordered Khashoggi's assassination in the Istanbul consulate on October 2, Trump issued a statement saying US-Saudi relations and oil market stability were too important to rock over the scandal.

However, a U.S. official told NBC that Khalid is not expected to be expelled from the country and would continue on as ambassador. One official told Reuters, "The prosecution's move to issue arrest warrants for Asiri and Qahtani reflects the view that the Saudi authorities won't take formal action against those individuals".




Report Gina Haspel was held behind closed doors, and senators have publicly indicated what details point to the involvement of the Prince to murder.

The official, who did not wish to be named, also suggested there could be more arrest warrants sought by the prosecutor.

"Where is Khashoggi's body?"

On Saturday Erdogan insisted that the Saudis extradite suspects in the killing to Turkey for trial, but said the kingdom was not cooperating.

On the situation in Deir ez-Zor, eastern Syria, she said: "At least 7,000 civilians are trapped in Daesh-controlled areas in the region".

Cavusoglu also criticised the lack of evidence given to Turkey by Riyadh as he urged the kingdom to be "transparent". They did so against the advice of Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, who said US involvement in the Yemen conflict is central to the Trump administration's broader goal of containing Iranian influence in the Middle East.

Two-time Oscar victor Sean Penn was in Istanbul on Wednesday filming a documentary about the murder, Anadolu reported, sharing images of the American actor outside the consulate.

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