Saudi Arabia seeks death penalty for 5 suspects in Khashoggi killing

Aaron Brown
December 2, 2018

The 17 individuals will not be able to enter Canada and will have any assets they may have in the country frozen.

U.S. President Donald Trump has thrown a wrench into talk about a coordinated censuring of Saudi Arabia by Western allies, announcing last week the United States will take no punitive measures against the Middle East kingdom.

ALEX EDELMAN/UPI/NewscomFinally a bit of bipartisanship with merit: Senators yesterday made a decision to at least debate ending US sponsorship of Saudi Arabia's aggression in Yemen.

Senator Mike Lee said that "Intelligence suggests, despite his repeated denials, that the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia himself ordered the murder".

The killing of the Washington Post columnist, a critic of the crown prince, has strained Saudi Arabia's ties with the West and battered Prince Mohammed's image overseas. Germany has moved to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia over the Khashoggi killing and Denmark has suspended future approvals of weapons and military equipment exports there. "That's all I can say in an unclassified setting".

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has defended the administration's backing of Saudi Arabia in the war in Yemen, saying withdrawing support would undermine efforts to reach a ceasefire. By a bipartisan 63-37 vote, the Senate opted to move forward with legislation calling for an end to USA involvement in the Saudi-led war in Yemen.

Ms. Freeland, speaking to reporters in Argentina before a Group of 20 meeting, said these new sanctions do not bring to an end Canada's interest in the fate of Mr. Khashoggi. Former President Barack Obama relied on those authorisations to conduct a global war on terror, including the USA campaign against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIL) in Syria.

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The resolution does not explicitly halt US arms sales to Saudi Arabia, as folks like Sen.

"This case is not closed", she said.

US intelligence officials have said that the murder was carried out by agents of the Saudi government and ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

He said the crown prince "owns this death". Saudi Arabia is crucial for that process.

PMO sources said the meeting signifies the importance that both leaders attach to the issue of climate change. Saudi Arabia remained indifferent to calls from the global community, the increasing humanitarian price of the war and the fact that the battle would remain futile.

"Saudi Arabia is working to secure Iraq's fragile democracy and keep Baghdad tethered to the West's interests, not Tehran's...is helping manage the flood of refugees fleeing Syria...cooperating closely with Egypt, and establishing stronger ties with Israel...and has also contributed millions of dollars to the US-led effort to fight Islamic State and other terrorist organisations", Mr Pompeo wrote as he made the case for strategic relations between USA and Saudi Arabia.

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