U.S. says Saudi version of Khashoggi murder 'not credible'

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Assaf replaced Adel al-Jubeir, and experts in Saudi politics said the move reflected a perception that Jubeir was tainted by having served as Riyadh's chief global defender during the Khashoggi affair. Netflix said it was simply complying with a local law.

Saudi Arabia's investigation and handling of the brutal murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul past year still lacks full credibility and accountability, a senior United States official said Friday.

Given the possible involvement of Saudi authorities in Khashoggi's murder and the lack of independence of Saudi Arabia's criminal justice system, the impartiality of any investigation and trial would be in question. A bipartisan resolution approved by the US Senate last month also held the crown prince responsible for the killing.

"It took the killing of a Washington Post journalist for everyone to go "Oh, I guess he's really not a reformer", Minhaj added.

Washington D.C. [USA], Jan 5 (ANI): US Secretary of State Micheal R. Pompeo is likely to press for the need to retain accountability and credibility while probing the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi during his upcoming tour to the Middle East, officials said on Friday.

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"Clearly, the best way to stop people from watching something is to ban it, make it trend online, and then leave it up on YouTube", Minhaj wrote on Twitter. The Khashoggi murder rattled the world at a time when Saudi Arabia and its de facto leader, Prince Mohammed, were pushing an aggressive public relations campaign to rebrand the kingdom as a modern state. Only the second episode has been pulled and it is available to subscribers elsewhere.

The Kingdom's Communications and Information Technology Commission made a complaint to Netflix, saying the episode violated Saudi anti-cybercrime law.

The show's commentary-which should resonate with the South Bay politicos and business boosters who joined a delegation to Riyadh last spring-prompted a legal warning from Saudi officials who claimed it violated the kingdom's cybercrime statutes.

The Public Prosecutor demanded to impose proper punishments against the defendants and is seeking capital punishment for (5) of the defendants for their direct involvement in the murder.

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