United Nations expert: Saudi Arabia undermined Khashoggi probe

Trump may skip deadline for report on Saudi journalist's murder

Khashoggi's killing by a team of Saudi operatives on October 2 provoked widespread revulsion and tarnished the image of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, previously admired in the West for pushing deep changes including tax reform, infrastructure projects and allowing women to drive.

The 59-year-old was a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

Altun told Reuters that Saudi authorities must extradite Khashoggi's killers as proof of their willingness to serve justice.

The crown prince's remark was made to his aide, Turki Aldakhil, and was picked up by USA intelligence agents, according to the Times.

Saudi officials initially insisted that Khashoggi left the building unharmed, but acknowledged weeks later that the journalist was killed.

Saudi Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Adel al-Jubeir has rejected the attempt to link Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The investigator said anyone with further knowledge or intelligence about the murder should come forward and share it before the release of a report in June which will make recommendations on accountability.

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The National Security Agency (NSA) and other American intelligence agencies are now sifting through years of the Crown Prince's voice and text communications that the NSA routinely intercepted and stored, The New York Times quoted the officials as saying.

Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to get a document he needed for his upcoming marriage while his fiancee waited outside. India and Israel have not yet been able to find a mutually convenient date for Netanyahu's visit even though the government remains keen to host him. Not long after the journalist's murder, a preliminary investigation by the Central Intelligence Agency found it had been carried out under orders from the prince.

"President Trump himself has said repeatedly to the extent we continue to develop facts that implicate others in the awful act ... we will continue to hold all the people connected to it accountable", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview Wednesday with the Fox Business Network.

She said that the killers had exploited diplomatic immunity and Riyadh had hindered a full investigation by Turkey.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a G-20 leaders summit in Buenos Aires, on November 30, 2018. The prosecutor has said authorities were seeking the death penalty for five of the 11 indicted suspects.

Agnes Callamard, an independent United Nations human rights expert, has criticized the kingdom for its lack of transparency in the proceedings over the grisly slaying. It's unclear if they remain detained during the trial or where they're being held.

Agnes Callamard, UN special rapporteur on executions, sought access to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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