US intelligence agencies have reportedly intercepted evidence suggesting Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman wanted to go after journalist Jamal Khashoggi with "a bullet" over a year before he was killed.
The New York Times is reporting us intelligence agencies have uncovered a 2017 conversation in which Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman told a top aide that he would go after Jamal Khashoggi "with a bullet" if the exiled journalist could not be brought back to Saudi Arabia.
During the September 2017 conversation, Bin Salman reportedly discussed ways to coax Khashoggi back to Saudi Arabia or how to bring him back forcefully. Riyadh denies the prince had any involvement in the murder.
Mr Jubeir held talks in Congress on Friday to coincide with the 120-day deadline for President Donald Trump to decide whether to impose sanctions on Saudi government officials over the killing.
Callamard did not name any specific Saudi state officials in her statement.
Saudi officials "planned and perpetrated" the torture and killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a United Nations-led inquiry has found.
"President Trump has steadfastly insisted the US-Saudi relationship is more important than establishing accountability for murder", said Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC.
Earlier on Friday, an aide to President Tayyip Erdogan said Saudi officials' "complete lack of transparency" on the murder investigation is deeply concerning and detrimental to their credibility.More news: Zuckerberg sees 'positive' force of Facebook despite firestorm
"We know that this was a rogue operation", Jubeir told reporters gathered at Saudi Arabia's Embassy.
The statement did not say whether she had had access to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, as she had requested.
"President Trump himself has said repeatedly to the extent we continue to develop facts that implicate others in the bad act ... we will continue to hold all the people connected to it accountable", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in an interview Wednesday with the Fox Business Network.
Al-Jubeir expressed less concern about the numerous press reports in recent months indicating that the crown prince's personal communications were being routinely intercepted by US and foreign intelligence agencies.
"Saudi Arabia should not care about global reaction to how it handles its own citizens, the crown prince told Mr al-Qahtani", the NYT report said, citing the intelligence officials.
To date, the Saudi authorities have repeatedly failed to disclose the whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains, despite admitting that "he met his death within their custody in their consular premises".
Callamard said that she had "major concerns" about the fairness of proceedings for the 11 Saudis facing trial and had sought an official visit to the kingdom.
"I think that's what intelligence agencies do", he said.