'Murderous act': World reacts to US report on Khashoggi killing

"#justiceforjamal", Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz tweeted
Last Updated : 27 February 2021, 02:55 IST

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The world reacted to the release on Friday of a US intelligence assessment that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation to capture or kill dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi:

Office of US Director of National Intelligence Report:

"We assess that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman approved an operation in Istanbul, Turkey, to capture or kill Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi."

"Since 2017, the Crown Prince has had absolute control of the Kingdom's security and intelligence organizations, making it highly unlikely that Saudi officials would have carried out an operation of this nature without the Crown Prince's authorization."

Saudi Foreign Ministry in a statement carried by state news agency SPA:

"The government of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia completely rejects the ... assessment in the report pertaining to the Kingdom's leadership, and notes that the report contained inaccurate information and conclusions."

British Foreign Office:

"The UK has always been clear that Jamal Khashoggi's murder was a terrible crime.

"We called for a thorough, credible and transparent investigation to hold those responsible to account and imposed sanctions against 20 Saudis involved in the murder.

"The Foreign Secretary raised the issue during his visit to Riyadh last year, and we continue to raise it in our engagements with the Saudi government."

UN human rights investigator Agnes calamari, on Facebook:

"With the release of the US report, confirming Saudi officials' culpability at the highest levels, the United States should now take the lead in ensuring accountability for this crime and for setting in place the international mechanisms to prevent and punish such acts in the future."

"The United States government should impose sanctions against the Crown Prince, as it has done for the other perpetrators – targeting his personal assets but also his international engagements."

"I call on the government of Saudi Arabia to disclose whether his remains were destroyed onsite or how and where they were disposed. The individuals responsible know only too well the specifics and, in the face of the Saudis' unconscionable silence, the international community must exert pressure for full disclosure of all the facts."

Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, in a statement:

"The United States government must re-evaluate and recalibrate the relationship with Saudi Arabia, given the findings of this report, which are part of a disturbing pattern of human rights abuses from the Kingdom."

"The United States Congress stands with President Biden in promoting transparency relating to human rights abuses and in supporting partnerships that advance our security, uphold our values and protect our interests. We support the steps being taken by the Administration to hold Saudi Arabia accountable, including related to Global Magnitsky and visa denials for human rights abusers."

House Foreign Affairs Committee top Republican Michael McCaul, in a statement:

"The killing of Jamal Khashoggi was an unjust and gruesome crime, and has caused a major setback for the US-Saudi relationship. I have repeatedly said the United States must ensure everyone involved in this appalling crime is held accountable – and that now includes Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, whose role in this murder has been publicly affirmed."

Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff, Chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

"The Biden administration should explore ways to ensure the repercussions for the brutal murder of Mr. Khashoggi go beyond those who carried it out, to the one who ordered it — the Crown Prince himself. He has blood on his hands and that blood belonged to an American resident and journalist. The president should not meet with the Crown Prince, or talk with him, and the administration should consider sanctions on assets in the Saudi Public Investment Fund he controls that have any link to the crime."

Democracy for the Arab World Now (dawn), a US-based human rights group founded by Khashoggi:

"Thank you, Joe Biden, for transparency about Jamal Khashoggi's murder. Now we need sanctions on the Saudi prince responsible."

Ali Shihab, former head of the Arabia Foundation in Washington, on Twitter:

"Extraordinary that all this hype is made about this document ... This thin 'report' is actually evidence that no hard proof exists against MBS."

Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau, to reporters:

"(This) was a murderous act, a despicable act. ... We will look at the report that has been issued today but the fact remains that Canada wants the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia to allow a full inquiry so we can get to the bottom of what actually happened."

Khashoggi's fiancee Hatice Cengiz, on Twitter:


Washington Post publisher and CEO Fred Ryan (Khashoggi was a contributing columnist for the Post):

"Since the day this innocent journalist was brutally murdered, we have called for two important actions: for the facts to come to light and for accountability on the part of those responsible. Today's release of the report has brought the facts to light. Now, the man who authorized this brutal murder must be held fully accountable for it."

Published 27 February 2021, 02:47 IST

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