Crown Prince threatened to use "bullet" against journalist

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Ben Salmane – SIPA

This is an additional damning element against the Crown Prince. Mohammed bin Salmane said in 2017 that he would go so far as to use "a bullet" against journalist Jamal Khashoggi if he did not stop his criticism against the kingdom, said Thursday
the New York Times.

On 2 October 2018, Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime who collaborated with the Washington Post and resided in the United States,
 was killed and dismembered in the consulate of his country in Istanbul by Saudi agents from Ryad.

His assassination plunged Saudi Arabia into a serious diplomatic crisis and markedly tarnished the reputation of the Crown Prince, accused by US and Turkish officials of sponsoring the murder. Ryad blames the murder on "uncontrolled" elements.

Intercepted conversation

The New York daily quotes current and former US and foreign officials on intelligence reports, according to which the nickname "MBS" made the remarks during a conversation with one of his relatives , Turki Al-Dakhil.

The conversation was intercepted by US intelligence services, who are in the process of combing through several years of telephone and SMS phone calls from the prince, says the New York Times.

In the exchange, Mohammed bin Salman said that if Jamal Khashoggi did not return to Arabia of his own free will, then he would have to be forced back, and the prince said he was ready to do it "with a bullet", according to officials cited by the newspaper.

Donald Trump must say Friday at the latest to the US Congress which he considers responsible for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. A group of American senators, Republicans and Democrats, had indeed activated a law requiring the president to say within 120 days which foreign nationals he considers responsible for this assassination.

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