A ‘Smoking Saw’ links Saudi Prince to Khashoggi’s murder, says US Senator

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Among the options: pull back from United States involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen; deny any arms sales with Saudi Arabia; slap the crown prince with sanctions, along with a resolution saying the Senate finds him complicit in murder, it said.

The two-time Oscar victor was spotted directing Wednesday outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where Khashoggi was strangled and dismembered with a bone saw October 2, according to Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency.

Turkey is seeking to arrest two former aides to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman who were dismissed amid the fallout from the killing of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday called for an worldwide investigation.

The senators--Republicans Lindsey Graham, Marco Rubio, and Todd Young, along with Democrats Dianne Feinstein, Ed Markey, and Chris Coons--make clear this is a message about the USA standing up for "who we are and what we believe".

"This is not a criminal trial", he said.

But it emphasized that it would "continue as before to welcome scholars and students from Saudi Arabia to the Harvard community".

"There's a lot of people who want to send that message [to Saudi Arabia] but also don't want to shut down the Senate at the time when we got a lot of other important work to do", Murphy told reporters.

Rejecting President Donald Trump's efforts to play down the prince's role, Foreign Relations Chairman Bob Corker of Tennessee said Tuesday that if a jury were to consider a case against Prince Mohammed, he'd be convicted of murder in 30 minutes.

Moreover, the resolution criticises the crown prince's domestic policies, accusing him of frequently disregarding the rights of Saudi citizens "in an effort to consolidate his personal control over Saudi government decision-making".

Senators emerged from a Central Intelligence Agency briefing earlier this week saying there was "zero chance" that the crown prince wasn't involved in Khashoggi's death.

Supporters of bipartisan legislation created to strongly rebuke Saudi Arabia for the role its Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, allegedly played in the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, say they believe they have secured enough votes for final passage.

By extraditing all suspects to Turkey, where Jamal Khashoggi was killed and dismembered, the Saudi authorities could address those concerns. Rubio is a member of the Senate intelligence and foreign relations committees.

The strong comments are the latest development in a controversy that has been building over the last two months as the Saudis have offered changing explanations about the disappearance and murder of Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2. "They have done, I believe, some permanent damage to that standing".

"I think it's fair to say that Saudi Arabia would be less capable without access to U.S. technology and capability", Dunford commented".

He was one of 37 Republicans who voted against advancing a nonbinding resolution last week to end USA support for the Saudi-led military campaign in Yemen. Graham described the evidence as "a smoking saw". "Guilty. A guilty verdict".

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