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US News The United States to unveil a report incriminating Saudi Prince Mohamed bin Salman in the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi

21:16  25 february  2021
21:16  25 february  2021 Source:   liberation.fr

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Mohammed ben Salmane à Riyadh, le 20 février. © Saudi Press Agency Mohammed bin Salman in Riyadh on February 20.

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia, Mohamed bin Salman (known as "MBS"), reportedly "approved" and "presumably ordered" in 2018 the assassination of journalist Jamal Khashoggi . This is according to the Reuters news agency, which interviewed four US officials familiar with the matter. Those findings are said to be in a declassified US intelligence report, which the White House is set to release. Also according to Reuters, the administration of US President Joe Biden could release the document as early as Thursday.

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After taking office on January 20, the President of the United States has not yet spoken to the Saudi leadership, who are very close allies to his predecessor Donald Trump in the Middle East. Joe Biden said on Wednesday he had read the report and said he would speak to King Salman when the time comes, rather than to the Crown Prince, a key point of contact for Trumpist diplomacy.

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According to CNN, which viewed court documents, the two private planes used by the commando that killed Jamal Khashoggi "belonged to a company seized less than a year earlier by the powerful Crown Prince" . The Saudi journalist, resident in the United States and columnist for the daily Washington Post , was assassinated in 2018 in his country's consulate in Istanbul by Saudi agents. The US Senate, which had access to the findings of the intelligence services of the world's leading power, at the time ruled that the crown prince was "responsible" of the particularly bloody murder: cut into pieces to be discreetly exfiltrated from the premises from the consulate the journalist's body was never found.

But Donald Trump never wanted to publicly blame "MBS" for preserving the alliance with Riyadh, a pillar of his anti-Iran strategy and a big buyer of American weapons. Still in opposition, Joe Biden had ruled that Saudi Arabia should be treated as a state "pariah" because of this affair and its human rights abuses.

Prince Philip: Palace gives update on his state of health

 Prince Philip: Palace gives update on his state of health Great worries in the UK: On Tuesday (February 16), Prince Philip (99) was taken to the King Edward Hospital . As the palace announced, the stay in the hospital was a precautionary measure. The husband of the Queen (94) should rest and recover for a few days. But the few days in the hospital quickly turned into a whole week. The concern for the prince consort grew. Only on Monday (February 22nd) his grandson Prince William (38) made a statement and announced that Prince Philip was "okay" .

Possible sanctions

Presidential National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan said last week on CNN that the publication of this document would be accompanied by an "response" from Washington for "to ensure that those responsible for this murder are accountable ”.

In the Guardian , several possible sanctions are mentioned. If the intelligence shows that the crown prince ordered or instigated the crime, the United States could sanction Saudi companies established in the United States or no longer accept certain investments in the country, or even prohibit the arrival of Saudi representatives.

Agnès Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, who investigated the murder of Khashoggi, evokes for her part other possible answers: "Targeted sanctions against personal assets and the bank account of Prince Mohammed " at a minimum, as well as " pressure on the Saudis to identify the location of Khashoggi's remains, allow the journalist's children to leave Saudi Arabia if they wish ". If Mohammed ben Salman is recognized as a sponsor, the prince's diplomatic engagements with the United States could also be “frozen” .

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