Saudi Prince was directly involved in the killing of Journalist Jamal Khashogi!



International Desk, Barta24.com, Dhaka
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Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman has been implicated in the assassination of journalist Jamal Khasogi, according to a US intelligence report.

A U.S. intelligence report released on Friday (February 26) states that the Saudi prince authorized an operation to capture or kill Khashogi, BBC reported.

The Office of the Director of National Intelligence published the report on its website. "In our opinion, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman authorized the operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Jamal Khasogi," it said. We have reached this assessment considering the decision-making power of Prince bin Salman in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia has rejected the report as negative, false and unacceptable.

Crown Prince Mohammed, who is the defacto ruler of Saudi Arabia has said he had no role in the killings.

Khasogi was assassinated on October 2, 2016, after entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. His body disappeared. He used to write a column for the Washington Post from the United States. A Saudi court has sentenced five people to death for killing Khasogi. They were later sentenced to 20 years imprisonment.

Journalist Khasogi was a fierce critic of the Saudi prince. Saudi Arabia initially denied killing of Khasogi. The country's government later admitted that some unruly officials had carried out the killings. The Saudi prince has denied any involvement in the killings.