Saudi Arabia rejects linking death of Khashoggi to crown prince

10 February, 2019, 08:37 | Author: Trevor Moore
  • Saudis 'seriously undermined' Turkey's Khashoggi inquiry, says UN expert

Prince Mohammed bin Salman: Saudi Arabia has denied his involvement.

Jubeir, who is heading the Saudi delegation at the Ministerial Meeting of the Member States of the Global Coalition to Defeat ISIS and the Kingdom's delegation to the Ministerial Meeting of the Small Group on Syria, reaffirmed Saudi Arabia's commitment to combat terror in any forms in a speech.

"Consistent with the previous administration's position and the constitutional separation of powers, the president maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate", the administration said, adding that the USA already has taken action against the killers.

"I have requested an official country visit to Saudi Arabia so that the authorities there can directly provide me with relevant evidence", she wrote.

"They appear to be a continuation of various efforts by different parties to connect His Royal Highness Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to this horrific crime".

He declined to comment on Congressional discussions on Khashoggi's death, urging Congress to wait for the investigation and the trial to be over in Saudi Arabia, instead of "putting the cart before the horse".

The Times said intelligence officials think the prince may not literally have meant that he wanted to shoot Khashoggi, but that his remark was a message about murder being among the ways to finally address the journalist's public attacks on the government that the prince found intolerant.

The Times, citing unidentified current and former US intelligence officials, said the 2017 conversation was intercepted by USA spy agencies.

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Al-Jubeir bristled at the notion that outsiders would criticize the government.

"With pressure mounting in Washington and Riyadh, the USA president theoretically had until Friday to designate those responsible for the murder of Khashoggi, who was strangled and dismembered by Saudi agents in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2". "We are doing what we need to do in terms of acknowledging the mistake, investigating, charging and holding people accountable", he said.

The kingdom's chief prosecutor, Saud Al-Mojeb, has said that of 21 people taken into custody in the case, 11 have been indicted and referred to trial.

The final report will be presented to the United Nations human rights council in June.

It is unclear if any of the 17 are on trial.

Riyadh had already taken on a smaller enterprise through a state-owned company to contract Vice to produce documentaries on hitherto reforms in the puritanical Wahabi kingdom, the Wall Street Journal reported.

A top Saudi official appealed to USA lawmakers who are considering sanctions on Saudi individuals connected to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to let a judicial process run its course before taking action.

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