The New York Times reports USA intelligence recorded Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman saying in 2017 that he would "use a bullet" on Jamal Khashoggi if the journalist didn't stop criticizing the Saudi government.
The Trump administration declined Friday to submit a report to Congress determining whether Saudi Arabia's crown prince is personally responsible for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The Saudi government claims that the prince, who is the kingdom's de facto ruler, was not involved.
Saudi Arabia will not normalize ties with Israel or support the Trump administration's peace plan without significant Israeli concessions to the Palestinians, according to a classified Foreign Ministry document reported by Israeli television Friday.
It has arrested several senior Saudi officials, but the murder plunged the kingdom into one of its worst diplomatic crises.
"Evidence collected during my mission to Turkey shows prime facie case that Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the State of Saudi Arabia", Callamard said.
The WhatsApp messages between MBS and Qahtani, who is believed to have overseen the team that killed Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was one piece of evidence cited in the Central Intelligence Agency assessment.
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Saudi Arabia has also repeatedly rejected Turkish demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of the journalist, a critic of the crown prince.
The UN investigator Agnes Callamard is calling for an official visit to Saudi Arabia.
Intelligence analysts-who are now going through years of intercepted communications from the crown prince, according to the sources-believe the prince meant he wanted to kill Khashoggi, but not that he would actually shoot him.
"Over the past four months, the Saudi authorities have been less than forthcoming in their dealings with their Turkish counterparts and the global community", said Fahrettin Altun, Erdogan's communications director.
Cengiz refused to comment on the accusations against the crown prince, saying only that she awaited the completion of Turkey's investigation.
It was "unconscionable" that Saudi authorities continued to fail to disclose the whereabouts of Mr. Khashoggi's remains "after having admitted that he met his death within their custody in their consular premises", she added.
Callamard said she was still waiting for a response from Saudi authorities to a request she made three weeks ago for an invitation to visit the kingdom. "We understand that. But I think wisdom has to prevail, and people have to let the legal process play out", he said.