Saudi FM says authorities dont know where Khashoggi´s body is

Evarado Alatorre
Febrero 11, 2019

On October 10, 2018, a bipartisan group of United States senators triggered the terms of the Global Magnitsky Act, requiring the president to investigate and determine if a foreign person is responsible for Khashoggi's death within 120 days.

A year before Mr Khashoggi was murdered on Oct 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Prince Mohammed told Mr Aldakhil that he'd use that bullet if Mr Khashoggi didn't return to the kingdom and stop criticising the government from his perch in the USA, the New York Times reported on Thursday.

"I find it very odd that members of Congress would try to curtail allies like Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates in trying to push back against terrorist organizations supported by Iran and Hezbollah", Jubeir told "Face the Nation", responding to Congressional efforts this week against the Kingdom.

Callamard also said evidence gathered during her time in Turkey showed that Khashoggi "was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia".

"We have now a number of possibilities and we´re asking them what they did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing, and I would expect that eventually we will find the truth", he said.

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The CIA has concluded the Saudi operation was likely directed by the powerful crown prince, but the White House has sidestepped that finding amid strenuous denials by Riyadh, a key USA ally.

The New York Times on Friday published a report that alleged MBS had told an aide in 2017 that he would "use a bullet" on Khashoggi.

"I'm not going to comment on reports based on anonymous sources", Jubeir told CBS.

"We can just make a determination ourselves that [Saudi Crown Prince] Mohammed bin Salman ordered these murders and there should be some kind of penalty and repercussions for that". "This was not a government-sanctioned operation".

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