Following the revelation on Friday that the prince was directly involved in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Kashoki, the United States has allowed key figures around Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. Despite the request of the United Nations, no direct action was taken against Salman.
A US report released on Friday said Salman had approved the capture or killing of government critic journalist Kashoki in Istanbul, Turkey.
Moreover, the Crown Prince’s important adviser and his bodyguards were involved in the murder of the journalist. The report also names 21 people involved in the Saudi operation on behalf of Bin Salman.
Due to the murder, the US Treasury Department has allowed the Saudi Crown Prince’s former adviser and the royal elite. Ahmed al-Aziri, the former deputy head of the Secret Service, and the RIF, a rapid intervention force.
Al-Aziri, according to the United States, was the mastermind of the Kashogi assassination, which was carried out by a command group. The offenders include several RIF members. Sanctions include freezing any of these Saudis’ property in the United States and barring Americans from doing business with them.
UN calls for direct action against Crown Prince
Agnes Calmart, a UN human rights expert investigating Kashogi’s assassination, said on Twitter that the US government should also take action against bin Salman.
Saudi Arabia should also disclose what happened to Kashoki’s body and where it went, Colmart said.
The Saudi government has since denied Salman’s involvement
Kashoghi was deported to the United States and went missing in 2018 after visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Within weeks of his disappearance, it became clear that he had been killed there. His body was not recovered.
The Saudi government eventually acknowledged that Kajoki had been assassinated, but denied that Prince Bin Salman was involved in the journalist’s assassination. Five Saudis were sentenced to death domestically for involvement. It happened during a covert trial that was seen internationally as a visual investigation. At the request of Kashoki’s relatives, their sentence was commuted to 20 years in prison.