“Every single one person who has accountability for the murder of Jamal Khashoggi demands to be held accountable,” Pompeo told reporters immediately after conference Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and his father King Salman in Riyadh on Monday.
“I imagine the Trump administration has made it very clear that our expectation in all these associated in the murder of Khashoggi will be held accountable, so we used time talking about human rights troubles,” he added.
Pompeo is on a marathon Center East tour which has taken him to Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
The killing and dismemberment of Khashoggi — a Saudi royal courtroom insider turned government critic — at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Oct 2 sparked global outrage. The CIA concluded
bin Salman, generally referred to by his initials MBS, requested Khashoggi’s murder, but Trump has cast doubt on his very own intelligence community’s assessment.
The Trump administration has been unwilling to punish Saudi Arabia in excess of Khashoggi’s murder, citing
financial added benefits to the US.
In a December assertion
subtitled “The usa Initial!” Trump claimed that “our intelligence companies continue to evaluate all details, but it could really very well be that the Crown Prince had understanding of this tragic party — possibly he did and it’s possible he failed to!” Trump also cited the Kingdom’s influence above oil price ranges and said, “if we abandon Saudi it would be a horrible error.”
Pompeo explained he talked over “the investigative approach and the judicial system” of the killing of Khashoggi with the king and crown prince.
The kingdom has also drawn rebuke from rights groups in excess of the 2018 arrests and alleged torture of Saudi women’s rights defenders. Pompeo said the female activists were being mentioned in his conferences with the Saudi leaders.
In an viewpoint piece in the New York Instances
on Sunday, the sister of jailed legal rights activist Loujain al-Hathloul specific the abuse she reported her sister was subjected to in prison. Riyadh has previously denied allegations that it tortured the women’s rights activists.