Published: Thu, December 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Khashoggi murder: Turkey orders arrest of senior Saudi officials

Khashoggi murder: Turkey orders arrest of senior Saudi officials

Report Gina Haspel was held behind closed doors, and senators have publicly indicated what details point to the involvement of the Prince to murder.

Both Qahtani, one of the advisors to the Saudi Crown Prince, and Asiri, Deputy Director of the Saudi secret services, were dismissed from their positions in October over the scandal caused by Khashoggi's murder. Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, another lead sponsor of the legislation, told reporters after the Haspel briefing that he might try to get it passed as an amendment to a must-pass spending bill if the Senate does not pass the war powers resolution.

"If the Saudi government is going to be in the hands of this man for a long time to come, I find it very hard to be able to do business, because I think he's insane, I think he is unsafe", he said. However, for two weeks Saudi Arabia tried to press that Jamal Khashoggi left the consulate after 20 minutes of entering but under intense worldwide outcry and pressure from allies, Saudi Arabia finally claimed that the journalist was killed in a fist-fight after officials asked him to return to his home country to get all the necessary papers.

Trudeau met the Saudi prince while at the G20 summit in Argentina. The journalist, who had lived for a time in the US and wrote for The Washington Post, had been critical of the Saudi regime.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters on Wednesday that he pressed Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman on the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi last week. Human rights groups say the war is wreaking havoc on the country and subjecting civilians to indiscriminate bombing.

The unusual vote last week came shortly after a briefing by Trump's Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, who urged lawmakers not to do anything to undermine the U.S. -Saudi relationship.

Democrats provided similar reactions after the briefing, which was provided to leaders of Senate committees that focus on national security.

"Let me just put it this way: I think if [the crown prince] was in front of a jury, he would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes", he said. He said finding a compromise will be hard because some lawmakers don't want to tie Yemen to the Khashoggi killing.

Trump said in a statement in November that "we may never know all of the facts surrounding the murder". "The United States intends to remain a steadfast partner of Saudi Arabia to ensure the interests of our country, Israel and all other partners in the region". Our intelligence agencies continue to assess all information, but it could very well be that the Crown Prince had knowledge of this tragic event - maybe he did and maybe he didn't!

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