Saudi Crown Prince said he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi

Saudi Crown Prince said he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi

Saudi Crown Prince said he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi

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

The Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel Al-Jubeir on Friday told reporters in Washington that the attempt to link Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi was baseless, and that those involved will be held accountable.

The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi had been a columnist, reported on October 10 that Mohammed had personally ordered an effort to lure the journalist back to Saudi Arabia.

The murder was met with global outrage and considerably hurt the image of the crown prince. Riyadh denies the prince had any involvement in the murder.

Israel in recent years has worked to improve ties with Gulf states such as Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, which, despite having no diplomatic relations with Jerusalem, share a common foe in Iran.

Meanwhile, Turkey has slammed the "complete lack of transparency" from Saudi officials on the investigation, saying it's deeply concerning and detrimental to their credibility.

Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, says she learned of the hearing during her first visit to Turkey last week to investigate the murder.

Reuters Jamal Khashoggi had been living in Washington, D.C., in the previous year before his death.

If true, the threat by the crown prince is a significant indication Khashoggi had become a preoccupying irritant.

US President Donald Trump has reiterated the Saudi denials and countered the CIA's assessment, refusing to denounce MBS.

He said that the allegations and continued controversy has not affected Saudi Arabia's relationships with other countries.

The Times said intelligence officials think the prince may not literally have meant that he wanted to shoot Khashoggi, but that his remark was a message about murder being among the ways to finally address the journalist's public attacks on the government that the prince found intolerant.

Saudi Arabian journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 29, 2011.

She said she had "major concerns" about the fairness of proceedings for 11 people facing trial for Mr Khashoggi's murder.

"I have hope, not necessarily regarding Trump, but about the fact that the new Congress will follow this case more closely", she said.

A top Saudi official appealed to USA lawmakers who are considering sanctions on Saudi individuals connected to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi to let a judicial process run its course before taking action.

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