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Saudi Arabia 'curtailed' Jamal Khashoggi murder probe

09 February 2019

U.S. intelligence agencies believe Crown Prince Mohammed ordered an operation to kill Mr Khashoggi, a critic and Washington Post columnist, and say his body was dismembered and moved to a location still publicly unknown.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Al Saud said in a conversation with one of his aides that he would go after journalist Jamal Khashoggi, killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, "with a bullet" a year prior to the murder, media have reported, citing U.S. and foreign officials familiar with intelligence reports.

After making numerous contradictory statements about Khashoggi's fate, Riyadh said he had been killed and his body dismembered when negotiations to persuade him to return to Saudi Arabia failed.

The newspaper continued by citing another part of the intelligence report.

She said that Saudi killers had exploited diplomatic immunity to carry out the murder.

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Menendez and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) had requested the report in October, shortly after Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and US resident, disappeared.

The murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018 provoked horror and outrage.

"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", a senior administration official said.

"We know that the crown prince did not order this".

After denying Khashoggi was killed in the consulate for several weeks, Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing and is seeking the death penalty against five of them.

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The fiancée of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi said on Friday she would welcome a change in Donald Trump's approach to the killing, and may visit the United States in March, having previously rejected an invitation from the president.

Geneva: The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside his country's consulate in Istanbul was the outcome of a plan hatched by officials of the kingdom, a United Nations rapporteur said here on Thursday.

"Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia", Callamard said in a preliminary report on Thursday. He has disputed the Central Intelligence Agency findings and said that he stands by the prince, noting that he "vehemently denies" any involvement.

Members of Congress, including many of Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have clamored for a strong response to Khashoggi's murder as well as the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

A bipartisan group of USA senators sent a letter to the president in October calling for an investigation and a decision on sanctions under the global Magnitsky Human Rights Act.

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Saudi Arabia 'curtailed' Jamal Khashoggi murder probe