European Union maintains demands for credible probe into Khashoggi

European Union maintains demands for credible probe into Khashoggi

The Saudi authorities are refusing to... According to the organization, the late reporter became the victim of "brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia".

An administration statement said Mr Trump "maintains his discretion to decline to act on congressional committee requests when appropriate".

Members of Congress, including many of Trump's fellow Republicans as well as Democrats, have clamored for a strong response to Khashoggi's murder as well as the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition is fighting Iran-backed Houthi rebels.

Saudi Arabia is denying that the kingdom's crown prince had a role in the killing of a Washington Post columnist amid calls from members of Congress for USA sanctions on the kingdom.

Khashoggi was killed and dismembered inside the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey last October.

The Times said intelligence officials think the prince may not literally have meant that he wanted to shoot Khashoggi, but that his remark was a message about murder being among the ways to finally address the journalist's public attacks on the government that the prince found intolerant.

USA intelligence services intercepted communications in which the Saudi leader said he would use "a bullet" against the Washington Post columnist if he did not stop publishing unflattering reports about the regime, The New York Times reported. They have blamed the murder on a group of rogue Saudi officials.

The U.S. Senate issued a resolution condemning Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for Khashoggi's murder in December, following a Central Intelligence Agency report concluding his responsibility.

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"Judge us when it's complete", he said.

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

Despite widespread demands for an worldwide investigation and to hold the Saudi government accountable, Donald Trump has largely stood by his ally, the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Saudi Arabia has previously denied Turkey's extradition request for the 11 suspects.

A Saudi official said Kroll Associates, a USA security firm hired by the kingdom, had reviewed 11 WhatsApp messages exchanged between the prince and al-Qahtani on the day of the killing and found no reference to Khashoggi.

It is unclear if any of the 17 are on trial.

The official said the White House would continue to consult with Congress on the murder of Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist.

But the effort has been mired in the fallout of the Kingdom's October 2 killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, who was brutally murdered shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

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