A report by the US Intelligence Department has found that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Mohammed had approved the killing of Jamal Khashojji, a Saudi journalist living in exile.
The Biden administration released an intelligence report on Friday, stating that the Saudi Crown Prince had given his consent to the plan under which it was decided to either capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashojji living in the US.
The US has directly named the Saudi Crown Prince for the murder of Khashojji for the first time, although the Saudi Crown Prince has denied that he ordered the assassination of Jamal Khashojji.
In the year 2018, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashojji was murdered inside the Istanbul Saudi Consulate when he went inside the Consulate to get some of his personal documents.
« We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul aimed at capturing or killing Saudi journalist Jamal Khashojji, » the US report said.
In 2018, the US intelligence department was fully convinced by the CIA that the Saudi Crown Prince had ordered the assassination of Jamal Khashojji, but never before has the US authorities publicly stated that Prince Mohammed bin Salman was killed Were included.
It is believed that the new US President Joe Biden will adopt a stronger policy of human rights and law in Saudi Arabia than his predecessor Donald Trump.
According to the White House, on Thursday, Biden spoke to Saudi King Shah Salman over the phone and stressed how important the US attaches to universal human rights and the rule of law.
Reuters news agency quoted sources as saying that the Biden administration is considering canceling the arms deal with Saudi Arabia. The arms agreement has raised human rights concerns and that is why the Biden administration is considering restricting the sale of arms to weapons only necessary for its protection in the future.
So far Saudi Arabia has officially stated that journalist Khushoji was murdered by agents of Saudi Arabia but he was sent only by saying that he has to bring Khashoji to Saudi Arabia.
A Saudi court had earlier sentenced five people to death in this case, but last September, the court turned their sentence into a 20-year prison sentence.
In 2019, a UN special officer, Agnes Calamard, accused the Saudi government of deliberately killing Khashojji in a premeditated manner and called the Saudi government’s lawsuit the exact opposite of justice.
In October 2018, the 59-year-old Saudi journalist went to the office of the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul where he was supposed to take some of his personal documents. Based on those documents, he could marry his Turkish fiancée Hatije Jengziz.
It is believed that the Crown Prince’s brother Prince Khalid bin Salman assured him that it would be perfectly safe to go to the Saudi consulate office in Turkey.
Prince Khalid was then the Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the US. However, Prince Khalid refuses to believe that he had any kind of contact with the journalist Khashojji.
According to Saudi Arabian prosecutors, after the initial conflict, Khushoji was given a large amount of drugs and died due to drug overdoses.
His dead body was then torn to pieces and his body was given to a local source outside the Saudi embassy. However, the body of Khashojji has not been found till date.
The Turkish intelligence department claimed to have an audio recording of the conversation that took place during the massacre, and then it was Turkey who made this audio clip public, after which people came to know about it.
At one time, Khashojji was very close to the Saudi royal family and was also his mentor, but then their relations deteriorated and he moved to the US in 2017 and started living in exile there.
From the US, he used to write a monthly column in the Washington Post, in which he often criticized the policies of the Saudi Crown Prince.
In his very first column, Khashojji wrote that he feared that he might also be arrested in an attempt to suppress the disagreement, which according to him was being supervised by the Crown Prince himself.
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