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US Welcomes Saudi Khashoggi Verdicts As ‘Important Step’ – Official

In this file photograph taken on December 15, 2014, normal supervisor of Alarab TV, Jamal Khashoggi, seems to be on throughout a press convention within the Bahraini capital Manama. MOHAMMED AL-SHAIKH / AFP



The United States on Monday welcomed demise sentences issued by Saudi Arabia towards 5 folks over the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“Today’s verdicts were an important step in holding those responsible for this terrible crime accountable,” a State Department official informed reporters after the ruling, which was lambasted as a travesty by Turkey, rights teams, and The Washington Post, to which Khashoggi contributed.

The court docket, nevertheless, exonerated two prime aides to Saudi Arabia’s highly effective Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whom the United States Senate considers liable for Khashoggi’s homicide in October final yr at Riyadh’s consulate in Istanbul.

The United States “encouraged Saudi Arabia to undertake a fair and transparent judicial process,” the official added.

“We’re pressing them for more transparency and for holding everybody accountable.”

Riyadh has described the homicide as a “rogue” operation, however each the CIA and a United Nations particular envoy have instantly linked Prince Mohammed to the killing, a cost the dominion vehemently denies.

The authorities of US President Donald Trump has been cautious to not attribute such blame to the prince, giving precedence to sustaining good relations with the dominion which is a serious arms purchaser and ally towards Iran.

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