A team of operatives connected to the prince killed and dismembered Khashoggi, a journalist, in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul.
Following a US intelligence study that found Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had authorized the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, President Joe Biden said on Saturday that his administration would make an announcement on Saudi Arabia on Monday.
The Biden administration has come under pressure, with a Washington Post editorial alleging that the president should have been stricter on the crown prince, who was not sanctioned despite being blamed for Khashoggi’s murder. When asked about punishing Saudi Arabia’s de facto ruler, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, also known as MbS, Biden said: “We’ll make an announcement on Monday about what we’re going to do with Saudi Arabia in general.” Biden did not provide any additional details.
Khashoggi, a U.S. citizen who wrote opinion pieces for the Washington Post opposing MbS policies, was killed and dismembered in the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul by a team of operatives connected to the prince in October 2018.
The Saudi government, which has denied any involvement by the crown prince, released a statement on Friday denying the conclusions of the US report and reiterating its previous claims that Khashoggi’s assassination was a heinous crime committed by a rogue gang.
The US placed a visa ban on some Saudis accused of being involved in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi on Friday, as well as restrictions on others, including a former deputy intelligence chief, freezing their U.S. assets and banning Americans from dealing with them.