Faizel Patel – 01/03/2021
Saudi Arabia’s foreign affairs ministry has rejected a report by US intelligence agencies that assigns accountability to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.
The US Office of the Director of National Intelligence released the report last week assessing that MBS “approved an operation” to capture or kill the Saudi journalist in Istanbul, Turkey.
The four-page US report had been held back from public view by former President Donald Trump but was released by new President Joe Biden.
In a statement carried by the Saudi Press Agency, (SPA), the Kingdom says it rejects the negative, false and unacceptable assessment in the report pertaining to the leadership and notes that the report contained inaccurate information and conclusions.”
“This was an abhorrent crime and a flagrant violation of the Kingdom’s laws and values. This crime was committed by a group of individuals that have transgressed all pertinent regulations and authorities of the agencies where they were employed.”
The Kingdom says the perpetrators of the Khashoggi killing were convicted and sentenced which were welcomed by the family of the journalist.