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

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

Congressional leaders triggered the Magnitsky Act in October, giving the administration 120 days, until February 8, to report back on who was responsible for the death of Khashoggi, a USA resident killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and whether it would impose sanctions on that person or persons.

Khashoggi, a royal insider who became a critic of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of Saudi operatives on Oct 2, provoking global revulsion.

Meanwhile, UN rapporteur Agnes Callamard presented preliminary findings on Thursday saying that Khashoggi's murder was the effect of a plan hatched by officials of the Kingdom.

The UN expert also noted that Turkey's efforts to investigate Khashoggi's murder at Saudi Arabia's embassy in Istanbul had been "seriously undermined".

A year before Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told an aide he would use "a bullet" on the journalist if he did not return home and end his criticism of the government, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

In a statement, Aldakhil said the allegations "are categorically false".

United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial killings, Agnes Callamard, said she had heard "chilling and gruesome" audio material about the killing obtained by Turkish investigators.

Khashoggi's body was dismembered inside the building and the body parts were then handed over to a local "collaborator" outside the grounds, according to Mr Shalaan.

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A demonstrator holds a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi during a protest in front of Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, October 5, 2018.

In light of the revelations, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee said Friday she hoped pressure from U.S. lawmakers would encourage the Trump adminstration to take a tougher stance on the killing.

Saudi Arabia has denied the Crown Prince was behind Mr Khashoggi's assassination.

During a press conference in Istanbul for a book on Khashoggi's life, Cengiz left the door open to a meeting with US President Donald Trump if certain conditions were met.

"Over the past four months, the Saudi authorities have been less than forthcoming in their dealings with their Turkish counterparts and the global community", Mr Altun said. Lindsey Graham of SC, introduced legislation Friday that would prohibit certain arms sales to Saudi Arabia in response to the killing of Khashoggi and its role in Yemen.

USA intelligence agencies had previously concluded that the crown prince must have at least had knowledge of the plot, leading some members of Congress to call for him to step down as the de facto leader of the country.

"I wish the Congress would take a step back, look at the overall relationship, look at the steps that Saudi Arabia has taken, and let the process play out", he added.

Al-Jubeir said he wanted Congress to let the Saudi legal process conclude before taking any action on sanctions.


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