Saudi crown prince reportedly threatened to use 'a bullet' on Khashoggi

MIT President L. Rafael Reif listen to a panel discussion at the school in 2017

After denying Khashoggi was killed in the consulate for several weeks, Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing and is seeking the death penalty against five of them.

The 59-year-old was a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The investigator said anyone with further knowledge or intelligence about the murder should come forward and share it before the release of a report in June which will make recommendations on accountability. But following a series of contradictory statements, the kingdom admitted that a team of Saudi agents killed the writer inside the consulate.

After denying for weeks that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, Saudi Arabia late past year indicted 11 people in the killing, including members from the crown prince's entourage, and is seeking the death penalty against five of them. The request, made October 10 in a letter signed by 11 Democratic and 11 Republican senators, required the administration to make a determination of responsibility for the killing, particularly including involvement by the Saudi royal family, and to act on it by imposing sanctions on responsible individuals.

What does the report say?

The fact that Saudi Arabia is closed to cooperation is of course prevented to illuminate all aspects of the incident, the minister said, expressing his will that this report would increase the awareness of the worldwide public opinion and contribute to the emergence of the instigators.

Earlier on Thursday, Callamard issued a statement through the United Nations office in Geneva, saying that Saudi Arabia had undermined Turkey's efforts to investigate Khashoggi's death, calling it a "premeditated killing" planned and carried out by Saudi officials.

Khashoggi was murdered on October 2 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, where he went to collect documents to marry Cengiz.

She had "major concerns" about the fairness of the trial proceedings and had sought an official visit to the kingdom.

Meanwhile, Turkey has slammed the "complete lack of transparency" from Saudi officials on the investigation, saying it's deeply concerning and detrimental to their credibility.

The fact Khashoggi's body still has not been found is causing "even greater suffering" to his loved ones, the report adds.

What's the latest in the Khashoggi case?

According to informed officials, the conversation that took place between Prince Mohammed and the aide, Turki Aldakhil in September 2017, has been transcribed and analysed as part of an effort by intelligence agencies to find proof of who was responsible for Khashoggi's death.

The officer had been tasked with persuading the dissident journalist to return to the Gulf kingdom, he added.

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks during a press conference in Manama, Bahrain.

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