US intel report: Saudi Crown Prince approved Khashoggi killing

Saudi Crown Prince approved Khashoggi killing
The crown prince is effectively considered Saudi Arabia's ruler. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: A US intelligence report says that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who is effectively the kingdom’s ruler, approved the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in 2018.

The report released by the Biden administration says Mohammed bin Salman, known as MBS, approved a plan to either “capture or kill” Khashoggi.

The United States announced sanctions on dozens of Saudis but not the prince himself.

Saudi Arabia rejected the US intelligence report, calling it “negative, false and unacceptable”.

Crown Prince Mohammed has denied any role in the murder.

Exiled journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and his body cut up.

Mr Khashoggi had once been an adviser to the Saudi government and close to the royal family but he fell out of favour and went into self-imposed exile in the US in 2017.

From there, he wrote a monthly column in the Washington Post in which the 59-yar-old journalist criticised the policies of Prince Mohammed.

The report by the office of the US director of national intelligence says: “We assess that Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”

The crown prince is the son of Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud and is considered to be the effective ruler of the country.

The US report lists three reasons for believing that MBS must have approved the operation:

** His control of decision-making in the kingdom since 2017

** The direct involvement in the operation of one of his advisers as well as members of his protective detail

** His “support for using violent measures to silence dissidents abroad”

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