Saudi Prince told aide he would use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi

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The New York Times reported that according to its sources, described as "current and former American and foreign officials with direct knowledge of intelligence reports", the prince's conversations were routinely intercepted by USA intelligence agencies.

Saudi Arabia insisted Friday that Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman did not authorise the killing of dissident Jamal Khashoggi and urged the U.S. to take a step back from imposing sanctions over the "rogue operation". Prince Mohammed, the next in line to the Saudi throne behind his ailing father, King Salman, has become the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia and a close ally of the Trump White House - especially Jared Kushner, the president's son-in-law and senior adviser.

Riyadh, which initially denied knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance before offering contradictory explanations, has steadfastly insisted the prince was not involved in the killing.

She said that Saudi killers had exploited diplomatic immunity to carry out the murder.

Meanwhile, Congress is "furious" over the Trump administration's response to Khashoggi's murder. Saudi Arabia also is India's fourth largest trade partner (after China, US and Japan).

United Nations special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard also said the Turkish investigation had been "seriously undermined" by the Saudis at the consulate and that "woefully inadequate time and access" was given to them which hampered their ability to carry out a professional crime scene investigation. "And that's why they're charged", he said of the 11 unnamed Saudis on trial in Riyadh.

Though Saudi Arabia has stated it will not establish ties with Jerusalem in the absence of a Palestinian state, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said improved relations with the Arab world could better the chances of reaching a peace agreement with the Palestinians.

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According to the U.S. newspaper, a confidential report prepared for the Saudi public prosecutor by Kroll, a private USA security firm, found that none of the WhatsApp messages exchanged between the crown prince and his top aide on the day Khashoggi was killed concerned the journalist or his murder. He repeated his government's insistence that the crown prince "did not order this".

The WhatsApp messages between MBS and Qahtani, who is believed to have overseen the team that killed Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was one piece of evidence cited in the Central Intelligence Agency assessment.

During a press conference in Istanbul for a book on Khashoggi's life, Cengiz left the door open to a meeting with US President Donald Trump if certain conditions were met.

A department spokesman pointed to last year's revocation of visas for almost two dozen Saudi officials and the freezing of assets of 17 others after Khashoggi's murder.

Callamard also has requested an official visit to Saudi Arabia due to "major concerns" regarding the fairness of proceedings for the 11 people facing trial there for Khashoggi's killing.

"I have hope, not necessarily regarding Trump, but about the fact that the new Congress will follow this case more closely", she said, struggling with tears as she spoke.

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