Secret phone calls reveal Saudi Crown Prince's disturbing threat before Khashoggi death

Secret phone calls reveal Saudi Crown Prince's disturbing threat before Khashoggi death

The US government has been accused of breaking the law by ignoring a congressional deadline for it to report on the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The killing has strained relations between the US and Saudi Arabia.

Mohammed bin Salman and Jamal Kashoggi.

The former chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Corker of Tennessee, and the senior Democrat on the panel, Bob Menendez of New Jersey, sent a letter to the administration in October invoking the Magnitsky Act of 2016 to demand an investigation of Khashoggi's death and determine whether new sanctions should be imposed on Saudi Arabia.

It was introduced on the date that the Trump administration was supposed to inform Congress on its determination of whether the crown prince was personally responsible for the killing of Khashoggi.

The EU stance into Khashoggi case has not changed, Maja Kocijancic, spokesperson for EU Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, said in response to an Anadolu Agency reporter.

American intelligence agencies who intercepted the message told the daily that although Prince Mohammed probably did not mean a literal bullet, it still it could be seen as a message that he wanted Khashoggi dead.

According to the U.S. intelligence agencies, the murder of Khashoggi was enacted upon orders by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman Al Saud.

During the conversation, MBS said that Khashoggi must be returned to Saudi Arabia by force if he refused to come back. His remains have still not been found.


But Saudi officials insist he was murdered by a "rogue" team of Saudi agents not acting on Prince Mohammed's orders.

In light of the revelations, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee said Friday she hoped pressure from United States lawmakers would encourage the Trump administration to take a tougher stance on the killing.

Turkey has sought the extradition of the Saudi suspects, but the kingdom has rejected any notion they could be tried overseas and has not allowed Turkey access to them.

The final report will be presented to the United Nations human rights council in June.

The Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud ordered also to re-structure the intelligence authority.

With pressure mounting in Washington and Riyadh, the USA president theoretically had until the end of the day to designate those responsible for the murder of the Washington Post columnist, who was strangled and dismembered by Saudi agents in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

She said the next phase of her investigation will take her to Washington to speak with officials from countries that have "taken a deep interest in the case" and have been in touch with Saudi and Turkish officials.

So, will anyone be held to account for Khashoggi's murder?

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