The Khashoggi case … a bill in Congress to punish the Saudi crown prince

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US lawmakers are working on preparing a bill in Congress calling for sanctions against Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“This is a test for our humanity,” Minnesota State Representative Ilhan Omar said in a statement.

She added, “If the United States of America really supports freedom of expression, democracy and human rights, then there is no reason not to punish Muhammad bin Salman, a man our intelligence found approved of Khashoggi’s killing.”

On Friday, American and international media published excerpts from the report of the US National Intelligence Office on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The report confirmed that the Saudi Crown Prince, Prince Mohammed bin Salman, “authorized” an operation to “arrest or kill” Khashoggi.

“Every minute that Mohammed bin Salman escapes from punishment is a moment when American interests, human rights and the lives of Saudi dissidents are at risk. Today, I submitted legislation to impose sanctions on the crown prince for his role in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi,” Omar said in a tweet.

The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs expressed its rejection of the report of the National Intelligence Office on the killing of Khashoggi, and said that the report is “regrettable” and includes “wrong conclusions.”

The New York Times reported, citing senior administration officials, Friday, that the US President, Joe Biden, refused to impose sanctions on the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman, for the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, “for fear that this would affect relations between the two countries.” “.

According to the newspaper, Biden believed that the price of punishing the Saudi crown prince directly, would be “very high.”

However, the Biden administration said it “reserves the right to impose sanctions on the Saudi crown prince in the future.”

And here is another bill presented by Democratic Representative Tom Malinowski, called the “Saudi Accountability Act for Grave Human Rights Violations”, which aims to ensure that even Mohammed bin Salman is banned from traveling to the United States, according to Politico website.

Malinowski said that failure to punish Mohammed bin Salman weakens the administration’s position “if we accuse him of the crime, then we do nothing to hold him accountable.”

Khashoggi, who was living in the United States and writing for the Washington Post, was killed in 2018 inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul by a team of 15 people, and it is believed that the man’s body was severed.







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