Judge Orders Release Of Khashoggi Records By U.S. Government

Wednesday 07th Aug 2019

U.S. District Judge Paul Engelmayer has ordered federal agencies to reveal thousands of pages of documents relating to the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, the Saudi journalist and U.S. resident who was murdered in Turkey last year.

The New York Judge has instructed the departments of State and Defense to release approximately 5,000 pages per month surrounding the killing of the Saudi national and Washington Post columnist. Representatives from the State and Defense departments have both argued against complying with the Freedom of Information Act request.

The request was made by the Open Society Justice Initiative. The group filed suit in January seeking the immediate release of all government records related to the killing of Khashoggi, who was a U.S. resident at the time of his assassination.

Critics of US President Trump claim that the U.S. government helped cover up the Khashoggi murder and that releasing the government documents will shed more light on any collusion.

UN Report

This latest development follows a UN report that calls for Mohammed bin Salman to be directly investigated over the killing – the Prince has vehemently denied any involvement in, or knowledge of, the murder carried out his security team.

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