With no body to bury, Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee battles to get closure

Sunday, 10 Feb, 2019

Al-Jubeir declined to respond to a New York Times report that the Crown Prince told an aide in 2017 he would use "a bullet" on Khashoggi, according to communications intercepted by us intelligence agencies.

Saudi Arabia's King Salman has approved a scheme to reimburse some of the companies who struggled to pay steadily increasing fees for expatriate work permits in 2017 and 2018 and waive the fee hikes for some who weren't able to pay, the labor minister said, Trend reported citing Reuters.

This report comes just a United Nations inquiry concluded that Khashoggi's death was "planned and perpetrated" by the government of Saudi Arabia.

Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of Jamal Khashoggi gestures as she speaks to media on February 8, 2019 during a presentation press conference of her book named "Jamal Khashoggi" in Istanbul.

American intelligence agencies who intercepted the message told the daily that although Prince Mohammed probably did not mean a literal bullet, it still it could be seen as a message that he wanted Khashoggi dead. "We know that this was not an authorised operation".

Menendez and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) had requested the report in October, shortly after Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and USA resident, disappeared.

The fact that Saudi Arabia is closed to cooperation is of course prevented to illuminate all aspects of the incident, the minister said, expressing his will that this report would increase the awareness of the worldwide public opinion and contribute to the emergence of the instigators.

"For anyone to think that they can dictate what we should do, what our leadership should do, is preposterous", al-Jubeir said.

"The administration's refusal to deal with this issue and keep Congress informed underscores the need to get to the bottom of what is motivating the Trump foreign policy", Eliot Engel, the Democratic chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, said in a statement. They have blamed the murder on a group of rogue Saudi officials.

Turkey's ability to investigate this murder though was "seriously curtailed and undermined by Saudi Arabia's unwillingness, for some 13 days, to allow Turkish investigators access to the crime scenes". Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said in a statement Thursday.

After denying for several weeks that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate, Saudi Arabia indicted 11 people in the killing and is seeking the death penalty against five of them.

In light of the revelations, Khashoggi's Turkish fiancee said Friday she hoped pressure from USA lawmakers would encourage the Trump administration to take a tougher stance on the killing.