Washington: Saudi Arabia’s investigation and handling of the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi still lacks full credibility and accountability, a senior US official said Friday. ecretary of State Mike Pompeo will continue to press the Saudis on Khashoggi’s murder when he visits Riyadh next week as part of an eight-country tour of the Middle East, the official said.
“He will raise the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi and continue to push for accountability and credibility from the Saudi leadership as they move through the legal process that began earlier this week,” the official told journalists on condition of anonymity. I don’t think, from our point of view, that the narrative emerging from the Saudis throughout the legal process has yet hit that threshold of credibility and accountability,” the official said.
In a case that shocked the world and created a sharp rift with Washington, Khashoggi was murdered and his corpse dismembered inside the kingdom’s Istanbul consulate on October
After evidence emerged that the killing was done by a team of Saudis sent from Riyadh and closely linked to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, Washington demanded a transparent investigation.
The case has made it difficult for the Trump administration to return the crucial bilateral relationship back to normal.