Published: Sun, February 10, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Turkey, others to press for UN probe into Khashoggi killing

Turkey, others to press for UN probe into Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia's minister of state for foreign affairs, Adel al-Jubeir, told Bloomberg he is not aware of any USA investigation into the Khashoggi murder.

"That's nobody's business except Saudi Arabia".

The journalist, who worked as a columnist for The Washington Post newspaper and was a vocal critic of Saudi policies, went missing on October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Trump, however, has been reluctant to speak ill of the crown prince, repeatedly citing a $110 billion arms deal as the reason for maintaining positive relations with Saudi Arabia.

A bipartisan group of U.S. 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.

Riyadh, which initially denied knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance before offering contradictory explanations, has steadfastly insisted the prince was not involved in the killing.

The conversation, which was intercepted by American intelligence agencies, dates back to September 2017.

President Donald Trump may not respond to a congressional request that he determine whether Saudi Arabia's government was responsible for the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a senior administration official said. "We know this was not authorised operation...it is a horrific crime and the whole country is outraged by this crime", he said. Jubeir explained that the case is handled by the judiciary, where the first session of the trial of 11 people was held at the beginning of this year, adding that the second trial was open to the public and humanitarian organizations.

The journalist is believed to have been strangled to death by a team of Saudi killers linked to Prince Mohammed, with his body then dismembered and smuggled out of the consulate or dissolved in acid, according to intelligence reports.

The Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered also to re-structure the intelligence authority.

With pressure mounting in Washington and Riyadh, the U.S. president theoretically had until the end of the day to designate those responsible for the murder of the Washington Post columnist, who was strangled and dismembered by Saudi agents in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

It is unclear if any of the 17 are on trial. He said that the killing had been a "huge mistake".

Earlier on Thursday, Callamard issued a statement through the United Nations office in Geneva, saying that Saudi Arabia had undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate Khashoggi's death, calling it a "premeditated killing" planned and carried out by Saudi officials.

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