Washington [US]: Reiterating his promise, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Wednesday (local time) said that US will hold the Washington Post Journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murderers “accountable.”
“President Trump has made it very clear. We will continue to work to identify those responsible for Mr Khashoggi’s murder and hold them accountable. I stand by that today,” Al Jazeera quoted Pompeo as saying.
Pompeo made the comment during the congressional hearing.
Pompeo also informed that Trump administration has already sanctioned 17 Saudis in connection with Khashoggi’s murder.
Khashoggi, a vocal critic of the Saudi regime, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 last year, where he had gone to obtain paperwork certifying his divorce with his former wife Alaa Nassif in order to be able to re-marry his Turkish fiancée Hatice Cengiz.
After presenting several contradictory theories, Saudi Arabia acknowledged that Khashoggi was killed in the consulate premises in what the country’s then Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir had described as a “rogue operation”.
According to the US intelligence agencies, the murder of Khashoggi was enacted upon orders by the Saudi Crown Prince.
However, Saudi Arabia has repeatedly rejected all the allegations against its Crown Prince, adding that it is committed to bringing the perpetrators to justice.