May refuses to answer whether she questioned Saudi Prince on Journalist murder
The British premier had promised to deliver a "robust" message to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, but later backtracked.
At a press briefing at the G20 summit in Argentina, Theresa May's spokesperson instead said that she had "stressed the importance" of catching the killers. According to leaked CIA assessment, the Saudi Prince had sent at least 11 messages to his security adviser, Ahmad Asiri, who allegedly oversaw the hit squad that murdered Jamal Khashoggi.
Mr Khashoggi, a Saudi dissident and writer for the Washington Post was allegedly strangled in the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul, before his body was 'cut into pieces' and disposed of. So far 18 Saudi nationals have been arrested in relation to the killing.
The report also states that the agency has a “medium-to-high confidence” that the Crown Prince ordered the assassination, although this has been denied by President Trump who stated “maybe he did; and maybe he didn’t”.
It also emerged that May had not discussed the case with Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has said he will share intelligence of the assassination with states that request it.
A Saudi official, responding to The Wall Street Journal denied the charges that Prince Mohammed was involved: “HRH the Crown Prince communicates regularly with various senior officials within the Royal Court on different matters. At no time did HRH correspond with any Saudi officials in any government entity on harming Jamal Khashoggi, a Saudi citizen. We continue to categorically reject any accusations based on speculations.”