Saudi prince said Khashoggi was dangerous Islamist: Reports
Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman told the U.S. he considered murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to be a dangerous Islamist, media reports say.
Prince Mohammad's reported phone call to the White House came before Saudi Arabia admitted he had been killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
During the call with President Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner and National Security Adviser John Bolton, Prince Mohammad said Khashoggi had been a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a transnational Islamist organisation, the Washington Post reported.
The phone call is reported to have taken place on Oct. 9, a week after Khashoggi disappeared.
Prince Mohammad also reportedly urged the White House to preserve the US-Saudi alliance.
According to a New York Times report, friends of Khashoggi said he joined the Muslim Brotherhood as a young man, but later became inactive.
Following the Arab Spring uprisings in 2011, Kashoggi expressed support for Islamist groups that had gained power in several countries.
However, his family denied he was a member of the Brotherhood and said the murdered writer had himself denied this repeatedly in recent years.
"Jamal Khashoggi was not a dangerous person in any way possible. To claim otherwise would be ridiculous," his family said in a statement to the Washington Post.
Saudi Arabia has denied the reports in the Washington Post and New York Times.
A Saudi national and well-known critic of Saudi rulers, Khashoggi was killed and his body dismembered on Oct. 2.
His remains have not yet been found.