Saudi Arabia refuses to extradite Jamal Khashoggi murder suspects

Jamal Khashoggi

Modal Trigger Jamal Khashoggi AP

According to a CNN report citing a source who has reviewed the full transcript of the audio recording translated from Arabic, a man, identified as Maher Abdulaziz Mutreb, a former Saudi diplomat and intelligence official, made at least three phone calls to someone who was apparently a superior.

Khashoggi was killed within seven minutes in a "premeditated" murder captured on tape, Turkey's Foreign Minister said last month.

Speaking to U.S. media, the source described Khashoggi struggling against a group of attackers. At one point it noted - with descriptions like "saw" and "cutting" the sounds of Mr. Khashoggi being dismembered.

In a Wall Street Journal op-ed the day before he and Defense Secretary James Mattis briefed lawmakers, Pompeo wrote that, "the October murder of Saudi national Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey has heightened the Capitol Hill caterwauling and media pile-on". On October 20, Saudi authorities announced that the journalist died in a fight in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The bill needs a simple majority to pass, though it is largely symbolic as it does not impose any sanctions or legal repercussions on MBS or Saudi Arabia generally.

"Put your earphones in, or listen to music like me", he says.

Former senior Central Intelligence Agency official Bruce Riedel proposes that the administration's actions may have a basis in ensuring that the United States has a steady supply of oil after Iranian sanctions kick in.

In one of the many explanations Saudi officials have provided about the murder, they said The Washington Post contributor had been accidentally choked and killed in a rogue operation.

"It will be in the best interest of the global community to seek justice for the late Saudi journalist under worldwide law", Altun said as quoted in the news report.

And Republican Bob Corker, who leads the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, came to a similar conclusion, saying a jury would convict the crown prince "in less than 30 minutes".

The Turkish judiciary had recently issued arrest warrants against two Confidants of the Saudi Arabian crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the "should be part of the planners" of Khashoggis killing.

According to the New York Times Saturday, some members of the administration have feared Saudi Arabia was playing the White House senior advisor.

"They asked for more details and for the Saudi government to be transparent in the investigation process", White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement at the time.

On Wednesday, a group of US senators defied the White House and introduced a resolution that would hold Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman accountable for the journalist's murder.

Latest News