US judge orders for partial disclosure of Khashoggi assassin.

TEHRAN, Dec. 09 (MNA) – Khashoggi murder probe is set for partial disclosure in the US under the direct order of District Judge Paul Engelmayer in New York.

According to Bloomberg, a judge ordered US intelligence agencies to turn over descriptions of a recording of the assassination of Jamal Khashoggi.

Khashoggi, who lived in the US, was killed and dismembered in 2018 by Saudi agents inside the nation’s consulate in Istanbul. The CIA looked into claims that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the murder, straining relations between that country and the US. The Open Society Justice Initiative, an advocacy group, sued under the Freedom of Information Act last year to gain access to records tied to the US investigation.

US District Judge Paul Engelmayer in New York ruled Tuesday that the government must produce a “Vaughn index” that “enumerates and describes each withheld record,” rejecting the government’s claim that it could acknowledge only that it possesses “some documents” responsive to the FOIA request while withholding descriptions. The ruling does not require that the tape and the report be made public.

Engelmayer noted that President Donald Trump told Chris Wallace in a November 2018 interview on Fox News that the US possessed a tape of the killing. The president “literally admitted that US ‘intelligence agencies’ had reviewed the tape and that the government possesses it,” the judge wrote. Trump and CIA Director Gina Haspel also publicly referred to written materials connected to the agency’s investigation, which means both items must be described in a Vaughn index, Engelmayer said.

James Margolin, a spokesman for the US Attorney in Manhattan, didn’t immediately respond to an email seeking comment on the ruling.

The case is Open Society Justice Initiative v. Central Intelligence Agency, 19-cv-00243, US District Court, Southern District of New York (Manhattan).

In early October, Former CIA Director John O. Brennan said that US President Donald Trump and his son-in-law Jared Kushner have allowed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman to kill journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

“We have to hold the Saudis as well as others to account for any type of human rights atrocities… [But] Donald Trump and Jared Kushner and the White House have given MBS… a pass for that horrific murder and dismemberment of Jamal Khashoggi,” he told CNN at the time.

The Washington Post, for which Khashoggi was a columnist, reported in November 2018 that the CIA had concluded that bin Salman personally ordered his killing.

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