White House Issues Statement on Journalist Slaying
Prosecutors in Saudi Arabia have arrested 18 nationals in connection with the slaying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The deputy intelligence chief General Ahmed al-Assiri was also relieved of his position.
This follows the narrative reported by The New York Times on Thursday that Riyadh is looking to blame Assiri for the purported murder of Khashoggi in an effort to shield Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman from the blame.
Saudi King Salman has also ordered the formation of ministerial committee led by crown prince Mohammad bin Salman to restructure the general intelligence agency.
The white house issued a statement on the matter:
“ We will continue to closely follow the international investigations into this tragic incident and advocate for justice that is timely, transparent, and in accordance with all due process. We are saddened to hear confirmation of Mr. Khashoggi’s death, and we offer our deepest condolences to his family, fiancée, and friends.”