Central Intelligence Agency believes Saudi crown prince ordered journalist's killing

Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty against 5 suspects in Khashoggi killing

Saudi officials have said a team of 15 Saudi nationals were sent to confront Khashoggi at the consulate and that he was accidentally killed in a chokehold by men who were trying to force him to return to the kingdom.

Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a close acquaintance with Saudi's crown prince. Trump says "maybe he did and maybe he didn't".

All of the 17, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement, were "involved in the abhorrent killing" that "targeted and brutally killed a journalist who resided and worked in the United States [and] must face consequences for their actions". Maas says the 18 are Saudis who are "allegedly connected to this crime" but gave no further information. Firstly, it denied having any knowledge of Khashoggi's whereabouts and later saying he was killed when an argument degenerated into a fistfight.

The prosecutor's version of events hewed closely to a Saudi statement last month saying that the agents had been ordered only to persuade, or if necessary to force, the return to Saudi Arabia of Khashoggi, a US resident and contributing columnist for The Washington Post who has written critically of the ruling monarchy.

"We have and continue to hear various theories without seeing the primary basis for these speculations", a spokesperson for the embassy said. Trump is expecting a full report on the situation soon.

The phone call did not mention the Prince by name, but The New York Times reported that USA intelligence officials believe "your boss" was a reference to the young ruler, while Turkish intelligence officers said they thought he was speaking to one of Bin Salman's aides.

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The United States welcomed the details of Saudi Arabia's investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi as a "good first step" on Thursday.

The absentee funeral prayer is to be held in Istanbul's Fatih Mosque. The announcement failed to appease Turkey, which has piled increasing pressure on Saudi Arabia, but may be enough for some of Riyadh's Western allies to move on and press for key demands. "It was also an affront to a free and independent press, and the United States is determined to hold all of those accountable who are responsible for that murder".

Russian Federation said that it sees no reason to doubt Saudi Arabia's ability to deal with the Khashoggi case and that it will not accept the politicization of the case.

The sanctions are being imposed under the Global Magnitsky Act, a US law that empowers the United States to sanction human rights abusers overseas. The sanctions were announced Thursday. Khashoggi's body still has not been located, and Turkish officials have said audiotapes of the killing indicate he was dismembered.

The Washington Post columnist, who had been critical of the royal family, was killed last month at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul. Executions in Saudi Arabia are usually carried out by public beheading.

"I am disturbed that following repeated Saudi lies about what happened to Jamal, the administration appears to be following the Saudi playbook of blaming mid-level officials and exonerating its leadership", said Sen.

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