Khashoggi’s fiancée says Saudi crown prince should be punished ‘without delay’


Once inside, he died at the hands of more than a dozen Saudi security and intelligence officials and others who had assembled ahead of his arrival. He had written opinion columns for the Washington Post that were critical of the crown prince's policies.

In 2019, the crown prince said he took "full responsibility" for the killing since it happened on his watch, but denied ordering it.

The United States has urged Saudi Arabia to disband an elite unit controlled by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman that Washington sanctioned over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi was killed while visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, in October 2018 and his body was dismembered.

Although the Biden administration also stopped billions of dollars in arms sales to Riyadh over its war with Yemen, it is obvious that there is no intention to make the Crown Prince himself the target of U.S. sanctions.

Democratic Sen. Chris Coons of DE told Bash later on "State of the Union" that the administration is "not yet down with recalibrating the relationship between the United States and the Saudi kingdom", adding that "balancing human rights and our regional interest and security is part of the hard work of diplomacy". "It is essential that the crown prince, who ordered the brutal murder of a blameless and innocent person, should be punished without delay". But his approach also recognizes the power of a crown prince regarded as reckless and ruthless in Washington - but who could soon be king of a longtime USA ally.

The Saudi government has repeated previous statements that Khashoggi's killing was a heinous crime by a rogue group, for which a Saudi court jailed eight people past year.

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On Monday, Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special investigator of extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary killings, said it was "dangerous" to acknowledge MBS's role in the murder without also imposing consequences.

Saudi Arabia has rejected the report.

However, no charges were brought against either the crown prince himself or his former right-hand man Saud al-Qahtani.

But Washington did not slap any direct sanctions on Prince Mohammed, known by his initials MBS, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken explaining that Biden wants to "recalibrate" but not "rupture" its relations with Riyadh, a longstanding Middle East partner.

The US State Department said that anti-dissident activities and operations must cease completely.

The US also welcomed the recent release of two human rights activists in Saudi Arabia, Price said, but asked Riyadh to do more by lifting the travel ban on them. Also, HH the Amir affirmed the State of Qatar's firm support for the government and people of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and everything that would enhance the security, stability and sovereignty of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, considering its stability as an integral part of the stability of the State of Qatar and the Gulf Cooperation Council system.