Khashoggi fiancee hopes Trump will change mind on killing

Khashoggi fiancee hopes Trump will change mind on killing

Khashoggi fiancee hopes Trump will change mind on killing

United States intelligence analysists reportedly concluded that Prince Mohammed had likely used the phrase a metaphor, expressing his intention to kill the journalists unless he returned to Saudi Arabia.

USA intelligence agencies have reportedly intercepted evidence suggesting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wanted to go after journalist Jamal Khashoggi with "a bullet" over a year before he was killed.

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

Turkey, which is carrying out its own investigation into Khashoggi's murder, has been frustrated by what Ankara says is a lack of cooperation by Riyadh.

She said: "Evidence collected during my mission to Turkey shows prime facie case that Mr. Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia".

Responding to the report, Aldakhil said on Thursday night: "These allegations are categorically false".

The United Nations' human rights investigator looking into Khashoggi's murder is on a week-long visit to Turkey and is scheduled to meet Istanbul's chief prosecutor on Thursday.

Khashoggi's body has still not been recovered.

Hatice Cengiz, the Turkish fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, speaks during a news conference to present a book on Khashoggi, in Istanbul, Turkey Feb 8, 2019.

Some members of the US Congress have publicly stated that they suspect the powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was directly responsible for the killing, based on the CIA's conclusions.

Juan Pachon, a spokesman for U.S. Senator Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Foreign Relations Committee, said Trump was breaking the law by failing to send the report.

Eleven men are on trial in Saudi Arabia, accused of involvement in the killing. Prince Mohammed, the next in line to the Saudi throne behind his ailing father, King Salman, has become the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia and a close ally of the Trump White House - especially Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser. "I fully realize we have to deal with bad actors and imperfect situations on the global stage".

"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.

In an interview with Turkey's state broadcaster on Sunday, Erdogan said both the crown prince and Saudi's Adel al-Jubeir had lied about the case and pressure from Turkey had led to Jubeir being removed from his post as foreign minister in December.

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