Established by Fathi Ibrahim Bayoud 2005 - Homs

'No doubt' prince tied to Khashoggi murder: US senator

World | 2018-12-05 20:04:00
'No doubt' prince tied to Khashoggi murder: US senator
There is "no doubt" Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman was involved in the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi, Senator Marco Rubio said Wednesday.

"Just from what we know about Saudi Arabia, what we know about the crown prince and what we know about this murder leaves you with no doubt that the crown prince, at a minimum, knew about it and condoned it, and perhaps at worst was actually involved in directing it," Rubio told CNN.

The senator said he knows bin Salman was involved in the murder because he has "absolute control" of the country.

"Saudi Arabia is not some decentralized government that operates with all sorts of people acting independently," he added. "Everything there is very tightly controlled."

The comments come one day after CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed a select group of lawmakers on the agency's intelligence regarding Khashoggi's murder on Oct. 2 in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

Rubio was not among the group, but said as a member of the Senate intelligence committee he had prior knowledge of it.

"Everything they knew, whatever they learned in that meeting, we've known," he said.

Asked why U.S. President Donald Trump and his senior officials have obviated on placing responsibility directly with bin Salman, Rubio said in his view "they are trying to preserve from a realistic perspective the importance of the Saudi-US alliance, which I agree with.

"It is a critical one. But all alliances have buffers, all alliances have limits," he said. "And the crown prince will continue to test the limits of this alliance until those limits are clearly set."

Saudi Arabia had offered changing explanations for Khashoggi's murder, initially saying he left the consulate alive before admitting weeks later the journalist was killed there while blaming his death on a group of rogue Saudi operatives.

Anadolu Agency
Comments (0)

Post Your Comments

fill all fields below
*This confirmation code will prevent auto submit
X :Latest News
Israeli jets strike eastern Gaza: Witnesses      Explainer: Does Islamic State still pose a threat?      Jordan's PM appeals for more aid as most Syrian refugees set to stay      Britain strips citizenship from teenager who joined Islamic State in Syria      Funds raised for Syrian refugees who lost all seven children in Canada fire      Spanish king speaks out during Catalan separatists' trial      Three MPs quit May’s Conservatives over ‘dismal failure to stand up to’ hard Brexiteers      Germany resists pressure to ease Saudi arms export halt