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Turkey, others to press for United Nations probe into Khashoggi killing

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

The ministry tweeted a meme showing a picture of King Salman and his son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, late Friday.

He told reporters in Washington that the claims were "baseless" and those involved will be held accountable, Al Arabiya TV reported.

Khashoggi, an insider-turned-critic of the Saudi ruling regime, was killed and dismembered by people close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the kingdom's Istanbul consulate after entering to pick up documents for his wedding.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide in 2017 that he would use "a bullet" on self-exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi if he did not return to the kingdom and stop criticising the Saudi government, The New York Times reported on Thursday, quoting unidentified officials with access to USA intelligence reports.

Congressional leaders triggered the Magnitsky Act in October, giving the administration 120 days, until February 8, to report back on who was responsible for the death of Khashoggi, a USA resident killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and whether it would impose sanctions on that person or persons.

Turkish and U.S. intelligence services have also linked Prince Mohammed to the murder, although President Donald Trump's White House has been keen to blur the lines in order to maintain the strong military and ecomomic relationship between the two countries. "We know this was not authorised operation...it is a horrific crime and the whole country is outraged by this crime", he said. "We came out and we acknowledged it".

The European Union's position on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi remains unchanged and the bloc continues to call for a credible and careful investigation into the case, Maja Kocijancic, the spokesperson for the EU foreign affairs and security policy, has stated. He was never seen alive again.

Meanwhile, the New York Times, citing officials who had seen USA intelligence, said that Prince Mohamed had warned in an intercepted conversation to an aide in 2017 that he would go after Khashoggi "with a bullet" if he did not return to Saudi Arabia from the United States.

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USA intelligence officials have concluded that Prince Mohammed must have at least had knowledge of the plot, but President Donald Trump has avoided condemning a country that is central to his Middle East policy.

Lawmakers, including Democratic Sen.

Juan Pachon, a spokesman for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump was breaking the law by failing to send the report.

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sought Vice Media's assistance to build a sympathetic media empire, according to a report published Friday, Anadolu Agency reports.

Secret phone calls have revealed a disturbing threat the Saudi Crown Prince made a year before Jamal Khashoggi's death.

Al-Jubeir said he believed some of the congressional criticism was "driven by politics".

Fahrettin Altun, Erdogan's communications director, said Turkey's findings on the case were in line with those of the UN-led inquiry, adding that Ankara was committed to co-operating in a potential United Nations investigation into the case. "Our leadership leads the country".

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