MBS had threatened to use 'a bullet' on Jamal Khashoggi


According to a report by The New York Times, American intelligence agencies intercepted a 2017 conversation between the crown prince and his aide which revealed bin Salman's frustration over Khashoggi's criticism of the Saudi government and his refusal to return to the kingdom from the US.

A demonstrator holds a poster with a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018.

She said her team will continue their investigation in the upcoming weeks and she urged anyone with any information about the assassination to come forward.

"Evidence collected during my mission to Turkey shows a prima facie case that Mr Khashoggi was the victim of a brutal and premeditated killing, planned and perpetrated by officials of the state of Saudi Arabia", Agnes Callamard, a United Nations rapporteur, said in her preliminary findings.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and Saudi regime critic, was murdered at the ultra-conservative kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

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"Guarantees of immunity were never meant to facilitate the commission of a crime and exonerate its authors of their criminal responsibility or to hide a violation of the right to life", she said in a statement released by the office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights in Geneva. Riyadh initially denied any knowledge of the journalist's whereabouts but later admitted that Khashoggi had been killed with a drug injection and his body had been dismembered and taken out of the consulate.

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Callamard had met Istanbul's chief prosecutor and the head of the Turkish secret service, as well as the Turkish foreign and justice ministers.

Callamard's final report will be delivered to the UN Human Rights Council in June.

Callamard's team was given access to parts of the audio material obtained by Turkish intelligence on Khashoggi's killing, but was "not able to undertake a deep technical examination of this material" and didn't have an opportunity to authenticate it independently. She had also been promised access to forensic and police reports critical to her inquiry.

"The Khashoggi murder is not an ordinary one".

Saudi Arabia has denied Turkey's request for extradition of the 11 suspects, amid conflicting claims for jurisdiction, Ms Callamard said.

Human rights groups and other observers also say the Saudi investigation into the killing has not met worldwide standards and they have called for a thorough probe into the slaying.

Predicting little movement, a bipartisan group of senators on Thursday proposed a bill to cut off some weapons sales to Saudi Arabia including of tanks, long-range fighter jets and ordnance for automatic weapons.