Khashoggi killing: In first public comments, Saudi Crown Prince calls it ‘heinous crime’, promises justice

In the first public comment Wednesday following evidence of Saudi critic Jamal Khashoggi‘s killing by top Saudi officials, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad Bin Salman called the killing a “heinous crime that cannot be justified”, Al Jazeera reported.

Khashoggi entered the building on October 2 to obtain documentation certifying he had divorced his ex-wife. He was not seen since.

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Saudi Arabia has said the Saudi critic died in a fight inside its Istanbul consulate – after two weeks of consistent denials that it had anything to do with his disappearance.

Turkish media have reported Khashoggi was killed and dismembered based on recordings from the consulate. They say he died at the hands of a 15-member assassination squad from Saudi Arabia.

MBS stated that the perpetrators would be held accountable with the help of Turkey.

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Speaking at the Future Investment Initiative in Riyadh, he said that “some people are trying to seize this painful moment to drive a wedge between Saudi Arabia and Turkey”.

He continued: “I want to send them a message: You will not be able to do that as long as we have a king called Salman bin Abdulaziz and a crown prince called Mohammed bin Salman and a Turkish president named Erdogan, the rift will never be created. We will prove to the entire world that the both countries are cooperating to punish all perpetrators and justice will be above everything.”

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