U.S. to Release Report on 2018 Murder of Saudi Journalist Jamal Khashoggi

The US is set to release a report of an investigation into the gruesome murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi which is widely expected to implicate the kingdom’s powerful crown prince.

President Joe Biden has read the report and is due to speak to the Saudi king.

Mr Biden wants to “recalibrate” ties with the US ally, which became closer under President Donald Trump.

Khashoggi’s body was dismembered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey. The prince denies involvement.

The journalist, known for his criticism of Saudi authorities, went to the consulate in October 2018 in order to obtain papers allowing him to get married.

Saudi authorities say his death and dismemberment was the result of a “rogue operation” by a team of agents sent to return him to the kingdom.

Five individuals were given death sentences for the murder by a Saudi court but these were commuted to 20 years in prison last September.

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SOURCE: BBC News

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