Haia men in car chase deaths cleared of murder

Updated 30 October 2013
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Haia men in car chase deaths cleared of murder

Two of the six members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice (Haia), who were involved in a Riyadh car chase that resulted in the death of two men on Saudi National Day (Sept. 23), will face charges of causing the accident, but not murder.
This was reportedly confirmed by investigators on Tuesday. The other four members face charges of providing misleading information during the course of the investigation. The accused have denied this charge.
The six members are being held at the Olaya police station and will be taken to the general prison in preparation for their trial.
The investigators have informed the family of the two brothers — Nasser Al-Qoos, 24, and Saud, 22 — about the results of the investigation and the list of charges filed against the Haia members.
If a court finds them guilty, the punishment would be limited to the payment of blood money to the family of the two brothers, a legal source said. The two Haia members allegedly chased the victims, resulting in them running a traffic light, hitting a taxi and then a bridge fence before plunging from the King Fahd Road overpass onto Imam Mohammed bin Saud Road, near the Riyadh Gallery Mall.
The Haia members fled the scene, but a motorist recorded the incident on his phone. The older brother died at the scene, while the other one succumbed to brain injuries in hospital.
The Haia has banned its members from chasing suspects in their vehicles.


US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

Updated 18 November 2018
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US denies ‘final conclusion’ reached on Khashoggi case

  • A US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case
  • ‘The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts’

JEDDAH: The US government denied on Saturday it had reached a final conclusion over the killing of Jamal Khashoggi after a US newspaper published what it claimed were details of an intelligence report on the case. 
“Recent reports indicating that the US government has made a final conclusion are inaccurate,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said.
“There remain numerous unanswered questions with respect to the murder of Mr. Khashoggi. The State Department will continue to seek all relevant facts,” she said.
“In the meantime, we will continue to consult Congress, and work with other nations to hold accountable those involved in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi.”
The Washington Post published an article citing anonymous sources, who it says are close to the CIA which suggests the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman ordered the killing — something Saudi Arabia vehemently denies.
The Kingdom’s public prosecutor on Thursday released details of its investigation, saying the decision to kill the journalist was made by the head of a rogue mission during an attempt to repatriate him. The prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of the suspects. 
On Saturday, Donald Trump spoke with CIA Director Gina Haspel and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo from Air Force One, press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said. 
Trump praised US relations with Saudi Arabia when he was asked about the case. Saudi Arabia is “a truly spectacular ally in terms of jobs and economic development,” the US president said.
Earlier, Saudi Arabia’s ambassador to the US Prince Khalid bin Salman, strongly denied the Washington Post story, and said he did not tell Khashoggi to go to Turkey, as the report claimed. 
“I never talked to him by phone and certainly never suggested he go to Turkey for any reason. I ask the US government to release any information regarding this claim,” Prince Khalid said
Khashoggi, a Saudi who lived in the United States, was a columnist for the Post.
He was killed on Oct. 2 at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul after he went to get marriage documents.