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Khashoggi Murder: Lack Of Information Irks The US Senators

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  • The United States Senators on Monday, March 4 expressed their frustration over the lack of new information in the murder of the US-resident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reports Al Jazeera
  • Washington has long blamed Saudi's royal family, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of orchestrating the scribe's killing that took place inside

The United States Senators on Monday, March 4 expressed their frustration over the lack of new information in the murder of the US-resident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, reports Al Jazeera.

"It was a complete waste of time. I knew more than they did," Republican Senator Lindsey Graham said after the meeting on the status of the investigation into Khashoggi's assassination.

Democratic Senator Chris Murphy also said that the briefing had "zero" new information. "They (White House) don't want us to have a conversation about the intelligence. These folks had no new information," he added.

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Notably, the United State President Donald Trump administration has already missed a February deadline to file a final report to Congress on Khashoggi's death. Khashoggi was killed and his body was allegedly dismembered in October last year in Istanbul.

Washington has long blamed Saudi's royal family, particularly Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of orchestrating the scribe's killing that took place inside.  There were also reports that Khashoggi’s body was possibly burned in an oven at Saudi consulate general’s residence. 

An investigation by Al Jazeera into the assassination of the journalist also revealed that the burning of the outdoor furnace was monitored by the Turkish authorities. Khashoggi was assassinated in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2 last year.

Bags believed to be carrying his body parts were transferred to the Saudi Consul’s house situated a few hundred meters away, according to the report. The worker who constructed the furnace stated that the furnace could withstand temperatures above 1000 degrees Celsius, and was built according to specifications from the Saudi consul.

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Traces of the Khashoggi’s blood were also found on the walls of the Saudi consul’s office.

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