Published: Tue, January 08, 2019
Worldwide | By Jermaine Blake

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalties in Jamal Khashoggi case

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalties in Jamal Khashoggi case

"Now while we are aware that a trial has taken place in Saudi Arabia, this is not sufficient, first of all", she said.

Washington is seeking to build a consensus on how to deal with Syria and its backer Iran in the light of the United States troop withdrawal.

"We have no timeline for our military forces to withdraw from Syria", said the official on Friday, who asked not to be identified, Reuters reported.

Separately, US National Security Adviser John Bolton is visiting Israel and Turkey.

"The secretary will continue his work on galvanizing our regional partners and allies to counter the regime's destabilizing activities". "Second of all, we are against the imposition of the death penalty in all circumstances".

State Department officials say Pompeo also hopes to fortify the alliance of the six countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council.

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"The Saudis should have a credible narrative for what happened in the consulate and subsequent events", the U.S. official said Friday.

The American comedian used his second episode, released October 28, to criticize Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of writer Jamal Khashoggi and the Saudi-led coalition at war in Yemen.

While in Riyadh, Pompeo is scheduled to meet Saudi leaders to discuss Yemen, Iran and Syria. Both sides recently agreed to a ceasefire in the port city of Hodeida while United Nations envoy Martin Griffiths seeks to bring about a new round of talks between them.

We expect the Saudi authorities to provide a transparent, comprehensive and credible response to the questions relating to the investigation into the murder of Jamal Khashoggi. Karen Attiah, editor of Khashoggi at Washington Post, referred to the move as "outrageous" in a tweet.

In December, the US Senate approved two symbolic resolutions blaming Prince Mohammed for the killing of Khashoggi, after intelligence reports pointed in that direction, and urging an end to US participation in the Yemen war.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will emphasize the need for accountability and credibility in the investigation of Khashoggi's death during a visit next week to the Middle East, including to Riyadh, a senior US State Department official said on Friday.

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