Saudi Arabia distances crown prince from killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

      Published on Friday, 16 November , 2018      420 Views     
Saudi Arabia distances crown prince from killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi

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Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor released the findings of a long-awaited investigation of the death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi on Thursday,

saying that a team of Saudi agents dispatched to Istanbul with orders to bring him home alive had instead killed the journalist and dismembered his body.

Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had no knowledge of the operation, Shaalan al-Shaalan, a spokesman for the prosecutor, said at a news conference in Riyadh, the Saudi capital.

He said that 11 suspects have been indicted and that authorities are seeking the death penalty for five of them.

None of the suspects were named. The order to kill Khashoggi, who had criticized the Saudi monarchy over the past year, came from one of the leaders of the Saudi team in Istanbul, Shaalan said.

Prosecutor Saud al-Mojeb’s conclusion — that the killing was authorized by relatively low-level officials who disobeyed orders and acted on the fly — contradicted assertions by Turkish investigators, who have said it was a meticulously planned operation, with elaborate preparations to cover up the crime that included scouting locations where Khashoggi’s body could be disposed of in secret.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the slaying was premeditated and the orders came from “the highest levels of the Saudi government,” without specifying exactly who was responsible.

Turkey has called for an international investigation into the killing. On Thursday, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said that some of the latest Saudi statements about the killing were not “satisfactory.”

“This is not something that happens instantaneously,” he said. “People and tools were brought to dismember the body.”

Khashoggi, a contributing columnist to The Washington Post, was killed Oct. 2, soon after entering the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul to obtain documents he needed to remarry.

Category Government | 2018/11/16 latest update at 5:00 PM
Source : Washington Post | Photocredit : Google
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