On February 26, the U.S. Office of the Director of National Intelligence released findings from its investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
The report concluded that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS,likely approved the October 2018 assassination,
which happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The Saudi Ministry of Foreign Affairs strongly rejected the finding,saying the killers acted on their own.
Quote "The relevant authorities in the Kingdom took all possible measures within our legal system to ensure
that these individuals were properly investigated and to ensure that justice was served."
That is false.
Khashoggi, an MBS critic, entered the Saudi consulate to get papers
so he could marry his fiancee Hatice Cenghiz.
She waited for him outside the consulate, but Khashoggi did not return.
Turkish investigators later concluded that a Saudi team had killed and dismembered him while he was inside.
Turkish officials leaked chilling audio from Khashoggis last moments and surveillance video of the Saudi teams movements.
Saudi authorities first denied Khashoggi was killed,and Saudi state media spread multiple counter-narratives.
Although the Saudis convicted eight people and sentenced five to death, the trial was held mostly in secret.
Cengiz called the trial a "mockery of justice,"
while the United Nations and Human Rights Watch condemned the lack of transparency.
Saud al-Qahtani, an MBS adviser who reportedly oversaw the operation to murder Khashoggi,
was investigated but never charged by the Saudis.
Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman has denied ordering the assassination.