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US senators introduce resolution pinning Khashoggi murder on Saudi Crown Prince

IANS  |  Washington 

A bipartisan group of US senators have introduced a resolution saying that Saudi Crown was "complicit" in the murder of

The mainly symbolic resolution was introduced on Wednesday and came amid unrest among US lawmakers over administration's response to the killing of

Khashoggi, a supporter-turned-critic of the Saudi Crown Prince, went missing on October 2 after entering the kingdom's consulate in for collecting documents in order to marry his Turkish fiancee Hatice Cengiz.

After initially saying the had left the consulate alive, weeks later the admitted he was killed there and blamed a "rogue" team.

Trump has repeatedly downplayed the Saudi Crown Prince's involvement in killing.

The resolution said the believed the Saudi Crown "was in control of security forces" during the killing and "based on evidence and analysis made available to this institution, has a high level of confidence that was complicit in the murder of Jamal Khashoggi", newspaper reported.

The measure was introduced by Senators Lindsey Graham, Dianne Feinstein, Marco Rubio, Ed Markey, and

The resolution was non-binding, but if approved, would put the on the record saying the Crown was responsible for Khashoggi's slaying inside the in in early October.

The resolution also urged the and the international community to "hold all parties, including Mohammed bin Salman, involved in the murder of accountable".

"I believe it's vitally important to US national security interests to make a definitive statement about the brutal murder of an American resident -- Khashoggi -- who has three American citizen children," Graham said in a statement.

The resolution came one day after the briefed senators in a closed-door meeting about the journalist's killing.



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First Published: Thu, December 06 2018. 18:42 IST