US Senate passes resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman is responsible for murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death

The US Senate has passed a resolution saying Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was responsible for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder.
Senators unanimously passed a resolution on Thursday night declaring Mr bin Salman was responsible for the Washington Post journalist’s death.It is unclear at this stage whether or not the House will consider the measure.

The resolution was passed after US President Donald Trump was non-committal on who was to blame.Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Amir Levy/Reuters)

The intelligence officials concluded that Mr bin Salman must have at least known of the alleged plot to kill Mr Khashoggi. The passage of the resolution came after senators passed a separate measure calling for the end of US aid to the Saudi-led war in Yemen. Republicans and Democrats had previously drafted a solution stating that Mr bin Salman was “complicit” and “in control of security forces” who killed Mr Khashoggi before dismembering his body.

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Mr Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime, disappeared after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2. Saudi prosecutors have charged 11 people with murder. Turkish officials accuse the crown prince of ordering his murder, a claim Riyadh denies. Mr Trump has repeatedly sought to defend him.

Source: Evening Standard