Members of the US’ Senate yesterday renewed their calls for “punishing those responsible for the murder of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi.”
In a joint letter, nine American senators called on the Saudi King Salman Bin Abdulaziz to “punish Khashoggi’s killers”, demanding a “fair and transparent trial”.
The senators also demanded the “immediate and unconditional release” of American doctor Walid Fitaihi, rights defenders Samar Badawi and Loujain Al-Hathloul, and other Saudi activists detained in the kingdom’s prisons.
Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi journalist working for the Washington Post, was killed shortly after he entered the Saudi Consulate in Turkey’s Istanbul on 2 October. Saudi authorities have admitted his murder was “premeditated”.
Authorities later announced that they had arrested 18 people whom they believed to be accomplices in the murder case, but did not provide details of who they are.