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  • CIA concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince ordered journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing. 

    CIA concluded that the Saudi Crown Prince ordered journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing.  | Photo: Reuters FILE

Published 5 December 2018

Turkish authorities say there is “strong suspicion” that Asiri and Qahtani were among the orchestrators of journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s killing.

According to several news agencies, Istanbul's Chief Prosecutor’s office has filed applications to acquire arrest warrants for Saudi Arabia’s former deputy intelligence head Ahmad Asiri and former aide of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Saud al-Qahtani, in relation to Jamal Khashoggi's killing.

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A statement from the Turkish authority's office says that there is “strong suspicion” that Asiri and Qahtani were among the orchestrators of the journalist’s death.

Tuesday, United States senators declared, following a classified briefing with the Central Intelligence Agency's (CIA) Director Gina Haspel, that they are certain the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the murder of the Washington Post journalist.

“If the crown prince went in front of a jury he would be convicted in 30 minutes,” Bob Corker, the Republican chair of the Senate foreign relations committee, told journalists.

The CIA, earlier, had concluded that the Crown Prince ordered Khashoggi's killing at the Istanbul consulate, on October 2. But, President Donald Trump prioritized U.S.-Saudi relations, saying the ties between the countries were too important to casually pursue findings of the investigation.

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