Will Saudi Arabia be held to account for Khashoggi's murder?

Posted February 10, 2019

USA intelligence intercepted a phone call in September 2017 in which the crown prince said Mr Khashoggi should be lured back to Saudi Arabia or forced to return to the kingdom, according to "The New York Times".

In the conversation, Prince Mohammed said that if Khashoggi could not be enticed back to Saudi Arabia, then he should be returned by force.

Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

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.

Hatice Cengiz, the Turkish fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, speaks during a news conference to present a book on Khashoggi, in Istanbul, Turkey Feb 8, 2019.

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USA intelligence agencies have concluded that the killing was premeditated and nearly certainly carried out on orders from Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

In this photo fromFebruary 4, 2019, Saudi Arabia Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir speaks with reporters during an European Union-Leagues Arab States ministerial meeting in Brussels.

Al-Jubeir said he wanted Congress to let the Saudi legal process conclude before taking action on sanctions. Prince Salman's visit will be significant as Saudi Arabia is a major energy security provider for India.

Days after MBS spoke with Aldakhil, the crown prince talked with Saud al-Qahtani, the intelligence officials told the newspaper.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said Friday that a United Nations investigation into the killing of Khashoggi was needed.

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Special UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard said on Thursday after a visit to Turkey that the killing of Khashoggi, who had written critical pieces on Saudi Arabia in the Washington Post, had been "planned and perpetrated" by Saudi officials.

Al-Jubeir expressed less concern about the numerous press reports in recent months indicating that the crown prince's personal communications were being routinely intercepted by US and foreign intelligence agencies.

Saudi officials initially insisted that Khashoggi left the building unharmed, but acknowledged weeks later that the journalist was killed. Menendez said in a statement introducing the legislation. Last month, Saudi Public Prosecution demanded capital punishment against five out of 11 suspects in the murder case.

The killing case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in October did not affect Saudi Arabia's foreign relations with the global community and did not limit foreign economic investments in Saudi Arabia, according to Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir.

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