Britain’s Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Tuesday he had no previous knowledge of the Saudi murder plot against journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Oct. 2.
Khashoggi, who had been an outspoken critic of the Saudi crown prince, was killed in Saudi Arabia’s consulate in Istanbul.
Saudi Arabia initially denied all knowledge of the journalist’s fate but the Saudi public prosecutor has since described it as premeditated murder organized by “rogue agents”.
Reports on Sunday suggested that MI6 had discovered the plot and had warned Saudi Arabia to cancel the mission.
The Foreign Secretary, speaking in the House of Commons, denied he had any knowledge — but refused to speculate on what was known by British intelligence.
Hunt was forced to clarify that he had “no prior knowledge” of the plot after media reports suggested the British intelligence services had been made aware three weeks before the incident.
The media report said that…