Jamal Khashoggi case: All the latest updates

Here are the latest developments related to the Saudi journalist's murder inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

    Saudi Arabia has admitted Jamal Khashoggi was killed inside its consulate in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

    Khashoggi - a Saudi writer, United States resident and Washington Post columnist - had entered the building on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife so he could remarry. 

    After weeks of repeated denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance, the kingdom eventually acknowledged that its officials were behind the gruesome murder. The whereabouts of his body are still unknown.

    Here are the latest related developments:

    Sunday, January 13

    Saudi Arabia must hold Khashoggi's killers 'accountable': Pompeo

    US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said he will ask Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to ensure the killers of journalist Jamal Khashoggi are held accountable for their crimes.

    Pompeo is due to travel to the kingdom later on Sunday, nearly three months after Khashoggi was murdered in the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul.

    "We will continue to have a conversation with the crown prince and the Saudis about ensuring the accountability is full and complete with respect to the unacceptable murder of Jamal Khashoggi," Pompeo told reporters in the Qatari capital Doha.

    Friday, January 11

    MBS in touch with 'former' Saudi royal adviser al-Qahtani: Report

    Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (also known as MBS) remains in regular contact with his adviser Saud al-Qahtani, who is accused of masterminding the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the Washington Post reported.

    The newspaper, citing unnamed US and Saudi sources, said that Prince Mohammed continues to seek advice from al-Qahtani.

    David Ignatius, the paper's security affairs correspondent, quoted an unnamed US citizen who had recently met MBS as saying that al-Qahtani is in possession of a lot of files and dossiers.

    "The idea that you can have a radical rupture with him is unrealistic," the source said.

    A Saudi who is close to the royal court concurred.

    Will there be justice for Jamal Khashoggi?


    On Thursday, friends, politicians and human-rights activists gathered to remember Jamal Khashoggi, 100 days after the Saudi journalist was killed.

    A vigil was organised at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where Khashoggi was murdered on October 2, and a memorial service was held in the US Congress in Washington, DC.

    Thursday, January 10

    Justice still elusive 100 days after Khashoggi's murder


    Amnesty calls for international probe into Khashoggi murder

    Amnesty International has reiterated its call for an international probe into the killing of Saudi journalist and Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi.

    The human rights watchdog made the call outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday as it marked the 100th day since Khashoggi was killed there.

    "It is important for the Turkish authorities to keep up their calls for an independent UN investigation, but really the whole international community needs to commit to this so that justice is done," Amnesty's Andrew Gardner told Al Jazeera.

    Tuesday, January 8

    Saudi Arabia refuses to confirm Qahtani's whereabouts

    Saudi authorities are refusing to confirm the whereabouts of Saud al-Qahtani, the former top aide to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS).

    Khalil Jahshan, executive director of the Arab Centre of Washington, told Al Jazeera that Qahtani's disappearance is a "natural progression of [Saudi Arabia's] investigation" and is likely used as a strategy to keep MBS protected from accusations regarding Khashoggi's murder.

    "They have sheltered some of the key players accused of being involved [in the murder] whether by Turkey or by the international community," Jahshan said.

    Friday, January 4 

    Pompeo to visit Saudi Arabia, seek update on Khashoggi

    US Secretary of State will seek an update to Saudi Arabia's investigation into the killing of Jamal Khashoggi when he visits Riyadh during a trip to the Middle East next week, the State Department said on Friday. 

    Pompeo will also visit Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, Oman and Kuwait as part of his January 8 to January 15 trip, the department said in a statement. 

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    SOURCE: Al Jazeera and news agencies