Saudi King Sal­man silent on Khashoggi in an­nual Shura ad­dress

The Miracle - - Midle East -

King Sal­man presents Saudi poli­cies amid re­newed calls from US Congress for con­dem­na­tion over Khashoggi’s mur­der. Saudi Ara­bia’s King Sal­man bin Ab­du­laziz has ad­dressed the king­dom’s Shura Coun­cil but re­frained from men­tion­ing the case of mur­dered Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi. In a highly an­tic­i­pated ad­dress to the coun­cil, the 82-year-old monarch on Mon­day lauded his coun­try’s ju­di­ciary and pub­lic pros­e­cu­tion for “car­ry­ing out their duty in the ser­vice of jus­tice”, with­out di­rectly in­vok­ing the killing of the Wash­ing­ton Post colum­nist. Khashoggi - a critic of the pow­er­ful Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, also known as MBS - was killed in the king­dom’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oc­to­ber 2. Last week, Saudi pros­e­cu­tors an­nounced they would push for the death penalty for five sus­pects in con­nec­tion with the mur­der of Khashoggi. The king’s speech came as mem­bers of the US Congress re­newed their calls to con­demn the king­dom fol­low­ing a re­ported as­sess­ment by the CIA that MBS per­son­ally or­dered Khashoggi’s mur­der.

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