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

US President Joe Biden signs executive actions in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington DC US on Tuesday 2 Feb. 2021 US report on Jamal Khashoggis killing: Pakistan ‘recognises Saudi Arabias efforts in journalists case
Conrad Doyle | 03 March, 2021, 08:43

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

CNN previously reported that two administration officials said sanctioning MBS was never really an option, operating under the belief it would have been "too complicated" and could have jeopardized United States military interests in Saudi Arabia.

Shortly after the findings were released, the US State Department announced a new policy, called the Khashoggi Ban, that would allow the US to deny visas to people who harm, threaten or spy on journalists on behalf of a foreign government.

Biden said at the White House on Saturday that there will be an announcement on Monday "about what we're going to be doing with Saudi Arabia generally".

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman at the King Abdulaziz Racetrack, in Riyadh, on February 20, 2021. The current heir to the throne became known for his project to transform the oil-dependent Saudi economy and his commitment to fight corruption and terrorism.

The State Department spokesman went on to explain that the U.S. "can only address these many important challenges in a partnership with Saudi Arabia that respects America's values".

Charm offensives and foreign tours garnered media attention and made people forget hasty campaigns to arrest members of the royal family, human rights activists, intellectuals and critics. Khashoggi, who had gone into exile in the U.S. the same year MBS became crown prince, denounced such abuses on several occasions in uncompromising editorials in The Washington Post.

The fiancée of the murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has called for Saudi Arabia's crown prince to be "punished without delay" over his killing.

That record includes restrictions on free speech and association, prohibition of peaceful assembly and denial of religious freedom, excepting Islam.

Israel has no diplomatic relations with Saudi Arabia but has maintained long-held clandestine ties that have strengthened in recent years, as the two countries have confronted a shared threat in Iran.

The Saudi monarchy's repression of domestic dissent is not new, but it has become more severe since MBS' rise to power.

United Nations investigator Agnes Callamard, who wrote the report setting out "credible evidence" of the prince's involvement, said the verdicts were a "mockery of justice".

"Whether it's the quagmire in Yemen that has become a Vietnam at the gates of the kingdom, the muscular embargo created to weaken Qatar, or even the pressure on Lebanon and the dubious resignation of (then) prime minister Saad Hariri ..."

Former President Donald Trump sanctioned 17 Saudi officials over Khashoggi's murder but withheld the congressionally mandated intelligence report and vetoed bipartisan legislation that would have halted arms sales to Saudi Arabia.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence declined to clarify to the broadcaster why the names were initially included in the report, while a senior USA administration official said on Friday before the change was noticed that there was no new information in the report. And releasing the report itself reverses the Trump administration's absolution of MBS.

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