Turkey seeks arrest of Saudis for murder of Khashoggi

06 December, 2018, 04:27 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • US senators convinced of Saudi crown prince’s role in Khashoggi murder

The move comes a day after senior USA senators said they were more certain than ever that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for the killing, citing a Central Intelligence Agency briefing.

Earlier today, Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel's held a briefing discussing the matter, which resulted in several Republican Senators, including Lindsay Graham (R-NC) and Bob Corker (R-TN) declaring they have no doubts that Khashoggi's murder was ordered Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince.

"It's not in our interests to give the crown prince. a pass for murder of an American resident with three American children", Graham said.

Prince Mohammed, who has been making his first foreign tour since the October 2 murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, held talks instead with Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, Algeria's presidency said.

That was a reference to the bone saw said to have been used to dismember Khashoggi's body after he was killed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

The CIA has concluded that the crown prince personally ordered Khashoggi's killing, according to a senior United States official and a source familiar with the matter.

Senators had wanted a briefing from Haspel about the CIA's assessment that bin-Salman was behind the killing but the Trump administration had sent instead secretaries of state and defence Mike Pompeo and James Mattis to bring them.

In a column for The Wall Street Journal on Tuesday, Graham wrote that the killing and other moves by the Saudi regime showed "astounding arrogance entitlement" and disregard for worldwide norms.

The Post reported on 16 November that the CIA's conclusion that the crown prince, known as MBS, ordered Khashoggi's murder came after it examined several pieces of intelligence, including an intercepted phone call between Khalid and the journalist.


Sen. Lindsey Graham: "MBS, the crown prince, is a wrecking ball".

The fierce spat between the White House and Congress has fueled new levels of support for a resolution that would demand an end to US involvement in the war in Yemen-a push that could trigger an unprecedented showdown over the USA government's authority to wage war. "This guy's nuts", Graham said.

The Yemen legislation could set up a bitter year-end Senate floor fight over US war powers.

Haspel had faced mounting pressure to speak to senators and more fully explain the CIA's findings after the White House last week excluded her from a Senate briefing.

"Until now, we have patiently requested information about the investigations in Saudi Arabia but unfortunately we haven't received any information".

The CIA had already concluded with high confidence that the prince was behind the murder, but senators said Haspel provided a much more fulsome briefing than the one they had gotten from Cabinet officials, including new evidence.

"If someone is saying that Secretary Mattis or Secretary Pompeo were dishonest, they just don't know those individuals", Stewart said.

Corker is confident that the crown prince is culpable in the murder. "I think the oil prices would go through the roof".

Fellow Republican Senator Richard Shelby of Alabama said: "Now the question is, how do you separate the Saudi crown prince and his group from the nation?" "CIA Director Haspel should brief the full Senate without delay".

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