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Was Jamal Khashoggi murdered by his own family? The crown prince's murder investigation has just gotten started. Here's everything you need to know.

Was Jamal Khashoggi murdered by Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman?

According to the Biden administration, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi is yet to be concluded. The death of Jamal Khashoggi was news back in 2018, but it seems the Biden administration is going far & wide to discover what really happened that day. 

Jamal Khashoggi’s death

Reuters reported that the Saudi journalist & Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi went to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2nd, 2018. Unfortunately the journalist was quickly killed by a group of people who were connected to Saudi Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The murderers also dismembered the adult prince’s body and since then, not a soul has seen or heard about Jamal Khashoggi’s remains. 

But the real confusion began when a total of eight men were convicted for the murder of Khashoggi. Five of the accused immediately received the death penalty and the other accused where sentenced to a total of twenty years after they were allegedly forgiven by close family members of the murder victim. 

Since the murder case seemed strange, in 2019, a U.N. human rights investigator Agnes Callamard stated “There is sufficient credible evidence regarding the responsibility of the crown prince demanding further investigation.”

According to NBC News, Agnes Callamard has accused Saudi Arabia of a “deliberate, premeditated execution” of Jamal Khashoggi. She claimed that Saudi Arabia is actually responsible for the “extrajudicial killing”. 

Trump’s administration

After former U.S. President Donald Trump announced that he saved the Saudi Arabian King Salman from scrutiny, the investigation for Jamal Khashoggi’s murder immediately stopped. 

As reported by NBC News, Trump explained: “I saved his (Salman) ass. . . I was able to get Congress to leave him alone. I was able to get them to stop.”

Donald Trump claimed that because King Salman stated that he “didn’t do it”, he had no reason not to believe the victim’s father. 

However, it looks like the Biden administration is ready to pick up the investigation. In the 2020 Presidential race between Joe Biden & Donald Trump, Biden explained that if he would be the next president, then he would make sure that there’s change between Saudi Arabia & the U.S.A.

Joe Biden explained in November 2020: “I would. . . end subsidies that we have, end the sale of material to the Saudis where they’re going in and murdering children. . . We were going to in fact make them pay the price and make them in fact the pariah that they are.”

Investigation

NBC News announced the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salmon has agreed with the Biden administration that the death of Jamal Khashoggi back in 2018 was indeed a tragic & brutal murder. 

First reported by Reuters, Biden’s administration provided a report between President Joe Biden and the Saudi Arabian King Salman. The administration continued to investigate due to Biden’s new policy to change the relationship with Riyadh after the Arab’s provided the country with oil and other great resources. 

The White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki stated on Wednesday that President Joe Biden would sit down with King Salman and soon release documents about Khashoggi’s death. 

In fact, Ned Price told the press: “We have been in touch with Saudi officials at numerous levels in the early weeks of this administration.”

What’s happening? 

It seems that President Joe Biden has announced that there will be no more American support to Saudi Arabia’s war in Yemen, even though the administration has failed to remove American support completely as U.S. military aid is still at work, according to NBC News. 

The White House has told the public that the goal of the call between King Salman & Joe Biden is purely to “recalibrate our engagement with Saudi Arabia”. 

Though the public is interested to receive the information about Jamal Khashoggi, many don’t know what the report could mean for the country. 

What do you think about President Joe Biden’s decision with Saudi Arabia? Was it right to remove American support? Let us know in the comments below. 

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