US to seek new an­swers from Saudis on Khashoggi mur­der

Daily Sabah (Turkey) - - Politics -

will seek to get new an­swers from Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man (MBS) re­gard­ing the mur­der of Saudi jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, U.S. Sec­re­tary of State Mike Pom­peo said yes­ter­day.

Speak­ing at a press con­fer­ence with his Qatari coun­ter­part Sheikh Mo­hammed bin Ab­dul­rah­man bin Jas­sim Al Thani in Doha, Pom­peo de­scribed Khashoggi’s mur­der as “un­ac­cept­able.”

He said the U.S. will con­tinue to com­mu­ni­cate with bin Sal­man to en­sure hold­ing those re­spon­si­ble for Khashoggi’s


mur­der to ac­count­abil­ity. Khashoggi was killed and dis­mem­bered by a group of Saudi oper­a­tives shortly af­ter he en­tered the coun­try’s con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oct. 2, 2018.

The king­dom ini­tially de­nied any role in Khashoggi’s dis­ap­pear­ance be­fore ac­knowl­edg­ing that he was mur­dered in­side the con­sulate but passed the buck to rogue agents, while in­sist­ing that the crown prince had no prior knowl­edge of the mat­ter, an ex­pla­na­tion far from con­vinc­ing for many.

Pre­vi­ously, the king­dom’s at­tor­ney gen­eral sought the death penalty for five of the 11 de­fen­dants charged with the mur­der of Khashoggi as their high-pro­file trial opened in Riyadh.

All 11 ac­cused were present with their lawyers at the open­ing hear­ing in the cap­i­tal, ac­cord­ing to a state­ment by At­tor­ney Gen­eral Saud al-Mu­jeb car­ried by the of­fi­cial Saudi Press Agency. The state­ment added that the pros­e­cu­tion de­manded death sen­tences for five sus­pects, adding that the in­ter­ro­ga­tion of the sus­pects con­tin­ues. Ankara has used ev­ery means avail­able to bring those re­spon­si­ble to jus­tice, main­tain­ing in­ter­na­tional pres­sure.

Turk­ish of­fi­cials pre­vi­ously said they shared ev­i­dence with Saudi Ara­bia and other na­tions about Khashoggi’s killing and re­peat­edly called for the sus­pects to be ex­tra­dited to Turkey, where the crime was com­mit­ted. Turkey has also re­peat­edly said it would de­mand a probe into the in­ci­dent from the U.N.

De­spite more than 100 days hav­ing passed since the mur­der took place, Riyadh re­mains ap­pre­hen­sive about re­veal­ing new in­for­ma­tion re­gard­ing the mur­der.

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