Jamal Khashoggi’s death one of MANY approved by Saudi regime says secret US intelligence

According to a report from the New York Times, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorised the surveillance and potential detention of multiple Saudi Arabian dissidents before Mr Khashoggi’s disappearance. The report also attributes Mr Khashoggi’s death to the same team that carried out these acts which reportedly began in 2017 according to US officials. Classified intelligence reports read by American officials linked the team termed the Saudi Rapid Intervention Group, to the operations which silenced multiple dissidents of the current Saudi Arabian government.

Recently the Saudi Embassy in Washington said that it takes “any allegations of ill-treatment of defendants awaiting trial or prisoners serving their sentences very seriously.”

The kingdom’s public prosecutor and the Saudi Human Rights Commission also added that are investigating “recent allegations”.

The New York Times also states that some of the operations forcibly repatriated Saudis from other Arab countries and detained them in buildings owned by the Saudi Arabian royal family.

American officials have reportedly also spoken to people with direct knowledge of the alleged operations undertaken.

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As it stands, the Saudi Arabian government has insisted that the death of Mr Khashoggi was not an assassination order from the government.

Both Turkish and American officials have said that the killing was premeditated.

Saudi officials have declined to confirm or deny that such a team exists and is currently prosecuting 11 people who face criminal charges for the killing of Mr Khashoggi.

Past American intelligence had apparently informed the CIA’s decision that the Prince had ordered Mr Khashoggi, US officials have said.

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Despite the US investigation into Mr Khashoggi’s death, recently it has led a US-Saudi coalition in Yemen.

On Friday, however, the Senate passed a ruling to end the US support for the coalition in a move that Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo spoke out against.

He said: “The Trump administration fundamentally disagrees that curbing our assistance to the Saudi-led coalition is the way to achieve these goals.

“If you truly care about Yemeni lives, you’d support the Saudi-led effort to prevent Yemen from turning into a puppet state of the corrupt, brutish Islamic Republic of Iran.”

source: express.co.uk