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Saudis condemn US 'interference' over Khashoggi death

Saudis condemn US 'interference' over Khashoggi death

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Saudi Arabia has rejected the US Senate's conclusion that its crown prince was responsible for the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. In an unusually strong rebuke of the Senate, the kingdom said a resolution it drafted last week "contained blatant interferences" in its internal affairs and undermines its regional and international role.Saudi has continually denied that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was involved in the planning of Mr Khashoggi's death inside Istanbul's Saudi consulate in October. Image: Jamal Khashoggi was killed after going into the consulate on 2 October The kingdom has said it "categorically rejects any interference in its internal affairs, any and all accusations, in any manner, that disrespect its leadership...
Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

Khashoggi murder: Saudi crown prince crazy, says US senator

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Media playback is unsupported on your device US senators say they are more certain than ever after a private CIA briefing that the Saudi crown prince had a role in the murder of a journalist.In a blistering attack, Senator Lindsey Graham said he had "high confidence" Mohammed bin Salman was complicit in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.The South Carolina Republican described the Saudi royal as "a wrecking ball", "crazy" and "dangerous".The Saudis have charged 11 people but deny the crown prince was involved. Where the Saudi prince stands revealed Jamal Khashoggi: The story so far What did senators say?Members of the Senate's Committee on Foreign Relations did not mince words after the briefing by CIA Director Gina Haspel on Tuesday."There is not...
Trump stands with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi killing

Trump stands with Saudi Arabia despite Khashoggi killing

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Donald Trump has admitted Saudi Arabia's crown prince may have known about Jamal Khashoggi's killing - but will not punish the country financially. The US president said America plans to remain a "steadfast partner" of the kingdom.Mr Khashoggi, a journalist and staunch critic of the Saudi rulers, was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October after entering to obtain documents so he could marry his Turkish fiancee.Mr Trump said: "Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the crown prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!"We may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder of Mr Jamal Khashoggi. In any case, our relationship is with the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia."Th...
Jamal Khashoggi: CIA 'blames Saudi prince for murder'

Jamal Khashoggi: CIA 'blames Saudi prince for murder'

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The CIA believes that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, according to US media reports.Sources close to the agency said it had assessed the evidence in detail. It is understood there is no "smoking gun" but US officials think such an operation would need the prince's approval.Saudi Arabia has called the claim false and insisted that the crown prince knew nothing about plans for the killing.It says Khashoggi was killed as a result of a "rogue operation". Meanwhile, US Vice-President Mike Pence vowed on Saturday to hold Khashoggi's killers to account.Speaking on the sidelines of a summit in Papua New Guinea, he said the US was "determined to hold all of those accountable who are...
Khashoggi murder: Five suspects may face death penalty

Khashoggi murder: Five suspects may face death penalty

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Prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for five suspects charged with the murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor Saud al Mojeb said in a statement that 21 people are now in custody over the killing, with 11 people indicted and facing trial.The highest-level official accused of being behind the murder is former deputy intelligence chief Ahmad al Assiri, according to the prosecutor's spokesman Shaalan al Shaalan.He said Mr Khashoggi's alleged killers had set in motion plans for the murder on 29 September, three days before he died inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul. Mr Khashoggi was killed on 2 October after he was given a lethal injection, before his body was dismembered and taken out of the building, Mr al Shaal...