Sep 30, 2019

Saudi crown prince denies to CBS that he ordered Khashoggi's killing

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on Sept. 18. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) denied to CBS News' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday that he ordered the murder of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi. But he said Khashoggi's killing had been a "mistake."

Why it matters: Per CBS, this is the crown prince's first on-camera interview about Khashoggi's murder. A CIA report concluded with "high confidence last November that MBS did order the killing of Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Turkey in October 2018. A UN investigator recommended in June a further probe into the crown prince's role.

The big picture: President Trump and members of his administration have publicly stood by the Saudis, though several Republican and Democratic senators believe MBS was complicit in what happened.

  • AP notes that 11 people were charged in Khashoggi's killing and that Saudi Arabia put them on trial in a secret hearing, but nobody has been convicted for his death.
  • A judge in New York ordered federal agencies last month to urgently release thousands of pages of documents related to Khashoggi's killing.

Go deeper: Trump administration bars 16 Saudis from U.S. for role in Khashoggi murder

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A year after Jamal Khashoggi's murder, Saudi trial veiled in secrecy

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The men accused of murdering and dismembering journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on Oct. 2, 2018, have been on trial for his murder since early January, but Saudi Arabia is keeping the proceedings secret.

Why it matters: Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has consistently denied ordering the killing, though media reports and a UN investigation have raised serious doubts about that claim. The Trump administration insisted after the murder that it was waiting for more information before assigning blame, but has neither accused nor absolved the crown prince.

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MBS' big bet on getting away with murder

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman attends a session of the Future Investment Initiative last year. Photo: Fayez Nureldine/AFP/Getty Images

One year ago today, journalist Jamal Khashoggi walked into the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He was then beaten, tortured, murdered, and dismembered.

Why it matters: Both politically and for most of corporate America, nothing has really changed in the last year — despite initial promises and action.

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Human rights concerns overshadow Saudi campaign to attract tourists

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Saudia Arabia is trying to recast itself to the West as a more liberal, fun destination, but the country’s questionable human rights record continues to haunt its attempts to boost tourism and make its economy less oil-dependent.

Why it matters: Critics of Saudi Arabia claim the legal changes and popular entertainment meant to lure tourists distracts from human rights abuses and the country's involvement in the Yemeni civil war, per the Guardian. Saudi Arabia and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman's image on the world stage have also been starkly affected by the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside a Saudi Consulate in Istanbul 1 year ago.

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