Saudi Arabia has attempted to move on from the scandal prompted by journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s murder, but a UN expert’s report suggesting its crown prince has stacked international pressure back on the Kingdom, according to the analysts.
UN special appointee Agnes Callamard, released a report insisting there is “credible evidence” to ensure additional probing and financial approvals against Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman over the murder of Khashoggi last October.
The document presenting the murder of the dissident by Saudi agents at the country’s Istanbul consulate has cast a resumed spotlight on the case just as De Facto Ruler of Saudi Arabia appeared to be emerging from the scandal.
The disclosures, including audio transcripts presenting the Saudi agents, involved mentioning to Khashoggi as a “sacrificial animal”, have streamed pressure on Western allies to halt arms sales to the Kingdom.
Riyadh declines the allegations, which were credible to prompt distrust for Saudi support in the US Congress despite the prince rejoicing the Support of the US President.
Non-resident fellow, at the Carnegie Endowment, Joseph Bharat wrote on Twitter, “a new crisis cycle is open”.
He also added, “another round of international embarrassment for is starting now. ” On Thursday, US legislators polled to prevent the arms sales of the US President worth $8.1 billion to Saudi Arabia briefly after Britain provisionally suspended similar sales.
The decisions were not linked directly to the report but emerge after toxic criticism in the US and Britain over the four-year bombing campaign of the kingdom in Yemen.
International repulsion over Khashoggi’s murder had gleam a spotlight on the Saudi-led war in Yemen, grasping by what the UN calls the worst humanitarian crisis of the world.
The report of the UN expert is unexpected to challenge the position of Prince Mohammed at home, where his grip on power “appears absolute”, said Hussein Iblish, a scholar at the Arab Gulf States Institute in Washington.