President Donald Trump (right) and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (left) at a White House meeting, March 2017

The Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia is determined to fast track proceedings of the assassination of a Saudi dissident case, before the start of the US presidential election to eliminate the subject from debate topics.

Iran Press/Middle East: Mohammed bin Salman, who is thought by the CIA and Turkish investigators to have ordered the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, seeks to use Khashoggi's heirs as leverage to bring the case to close, according to a report based on Emirati intelligence.

“It was a wise step for Riyadh to move quickly to close the case and indict those responsible before the start of the American presidential election,” the document says according to the Middle East Eye report. “Otherwise the killing could have been turned into one of the presidential debate topics,” the document added.

US President Donald Trump had asserted that Bin Salman had no involvement in Khashoggi's death despite the CIA's claims, saying that Crown Prince’s culpability for the killing of Jamal Khashoggi might never be known.

Jamal Khashoggi, a known critic of the Saudi regime, was killed in the Saudi consulate in Turkey on 2 October 2018, while trying to obtain marriage papers.

Both the CIA and the United Nations have concluded that the Crown Prince either ordered the murder or was aware of it before it took place. 101/211/218

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