File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman
File photo of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Khashoggi murder: Saudi Arabia restructures intelligence service

ANI | Updated: Dec 21, 2018 21:10 IST

Riyadh [Saudi Arabia], Dec 21 (ANI): A committee led by the Saudi Crown Prince, Mohamed bin Salman, has given their nod to the creation of three departments in the Kingdom">Kingdom's intelligence service.
This comes in the wake of the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey on October 2 this year, according to Al Jazeera.
Khashoggi, a critic of the Saudi regime, had gone to the Kingdom">Kingdom's consulate in Istanbul, Turkey to attend to some official work when he was killed on the premises in what Saudi Arabia has described as a "rogue operation" led by two officials - the Deputy Intelligence Chief Ahmad al-Assiri and the Royal Court Adviser Saud al-Qahtani - who have since been sacked.
On the other hand, a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) report inferred the Crown Prince, also known as MBS, to be behind the scribe's death - the allegations of which have been repeatedly and strongly refuted by the Kingdom">Kingdom.
A restructuring of the main intelligence agency was ordered by King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud subsequently. He further appointed MBS to overlook the restructuring. (ANI)