US intelligence businesses have concluded in a brand new report that slain Saudi journalist and dissident Jamal Khashoggi was murdered by a Saudi hit squad working underneath the command of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).
The unclassified report launched on Friday confirmed the function high US intelligence officers consider Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler performed within the 2018 killing of Khashoggi.
“We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi,” the Office of US Director of National Intelligence stated.
“Since 2017, the Crown Prince has had absolute control of the Kingdom’s security and intelligence organisations, making it highly unlikely that Saudi officials would have carried out an operation of this nature without the Crown Prince’s authorisation.”
The 59-year-old was a columnist for the Washington Post newspaper who had been vital of the Saudi authorities. He was killed contained in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October 2018.
Saudi officers have denied MBS had any function within the assassination.
Here is how the world reacted to the discharge of the four-page report.
Saudi Foreign Ministry:
In a press release carried by Saudi state information company SPA, the dominion’s international ministry stated: “The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completely rejects the … assessment in the report pertaining to the Kingdom’s leadership, and notes that the report contained inaccurate information and conclusions.”
The Government of The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Completely Rejects the Assessment within the Report Submitted to US’ Congress Regarding Murder of Saudi Citizen Jamal Khashoggi.https://t.co/DGfg4OAceT#SPAGOV pic.twitter.com/r5Skr7QRh1
— SPAENG (@Spa_Eng) February 26, 2021
United Arab Emirates:
The UAE defended Saudi Arabia’s place, reported UAE’s state information company WAM on Saturday.
The UAE’s international ministry “expressed its confidence in and support for the Saudi judiciary rulings, which affirm the kingdom’s commitment to implementing the law in a transparent and impartial manner, and holding all those involved in this case accountable”, WAM stated.
The British international workplace reiterated the United Kingdom has at all times been clear that “Jamal Khashoggi’s murder was a terrible crime”.
In a press release, it stated: “We known as for a radical, credible and clear investigation to carry these accountable to account and imposed sanctions in opposition to 20 Saudis concerned within the homicide.
“The Foreign Secretary raised the issue during his visit to Riyadh last year, and we continue to raise it in our engagements with the Saudi government.”
UN Human Rights Investigator Agnes Callamard:
In a Facebook submit, Agnes Callamard, the UN particular rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions, stated the US ought to lead in guaranteeing accountability.
“With the release of the US report, confirming Saudi officials’ culpability at the highest levels, the United States should now take the lead in ensuring accountability for this crime and for setting in place the international mechanisms to prevent and punish such acts in the future,” Callamard wrote.
“The United States government should impose sanctions against the Crown Prince, as it has done for the other perpetrators – targeting his personal assets but also his international engagements,” she added.
“I call on the government of Saudi Arabia to disclose whether his remains were destroyed onsite or how and where they were disposed. The individuals responsible know only too well the specifics and, in the face of the Saudis’ unconscionable silence, the international community must exert pressure for full disclosure of all the facts.”
Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives:
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi urged the US authorities to re-evaluate its relations with Saudi Arabia.
“The United States government must re-evaluate and recalibrate the relationship with Saudi Arabia, given the findings of this report, which are part of a disturbing pattern of human rights abuses from the Kingdom,” Pelosi stated in a press release.
“The United States Congress stands with President Biden in promoting transparency relating to human rights abuses and in supporting partnerships that advance our security, uphold our values and protect our interests. We support the steps being taken by the Administration to hold Saudi Arabia accountable, including related to Global Magnitsky and visa denials for human rights abusers.”
This heinous occasion is an affront to the rule of regulation & primary human rights. We should re-evaluate our relationship with Saudi Arabia. We stand w/ @POTUS in selling transparency & supporting partnerships that advance our safety, uphold our values & shield our pursuits.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) February 26, 2021
Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff:
Democratic Congressman and House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff stated MBS had “blood on his hands”.
“The Biden administration should explore ways to ensure the repercussions for the brutal murder of Mr Khashoggi go beyond those who carried it out, to the one who ordered it — the crown prince himself,” Schiff stated.
“He has blood on his hands and that blood belonged to an American resident and journalist. The president should not meet with the Crown Prince, or talk with him, and the administration should consider sanctions on assets in the Saudi Public Investment Fund he controls that have any link to the crime.”
Democracy for the Arab World Now:
Democracy for the Arab World Now (DAWN), the US-Based rights group based by Khashoggi, thanked the Biden administration for “transparency” however urged for the imposition of sanctions on MBS.
“Thank you, Joe Biden, for transparency about Jamal Khashoggi’s murder. Now we need sanctions on the Saudi prince responsible.”
The group’s Executive Director Sarah Leah Whitson stated in a press release: “The DNI’s report at present confirms what we now have lengthy recognized to be true: Mohammed Bin Salman ordered the execution of Jamal Khashoggi.
“President Biden should now fulfil his promise to hold MBS accountable for this murder by, at minimum, imposing the same sanctions on him as those imposed on his underling culprits and ending the weapons transfers to Saudi Arabia that would be controlled by an unelected, brutal murderer.”
She added: “The release of the DNI report is only a small part of the evidence we’re seeking from the US government about the murder of Khashoggi, including regarding US officials close to MBS who potentially facilitated a cover-up.”
Khashoggi’s fiancé Hatice Cengiz took to Twitter and posted utilizing a hashtag. She wrote: “#justiceforjamal“.
— Hatice Cengiz / خديجة (@mercan_resifi) February 26, 2021
Washington Post CEO:
Washington Post Publisher and CEO Fred Ryan stated: “Since the day this harmless journalist was brutally murdered, we now have known as for 2 necessary actions: for the info to return to mild and for accountability on the a part of these accountable.
“Today’s release of the report has brought the facts to light. Now, the man who authorised this brutal murder must be held fully accountable for it.”