Saudi Crown Prince pledges 'justice' in Khashoggi case

Saudi Crown Prince pledges 'justice' in Khashoggi case

Saudi Crown Prince pledges 'justice' in Khashoggi case

The announcement was made following reports that Turkish President Erdogan and Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) had a phone conversation on Wednesday, marking the first time the two have spoken since Jamal Khashoggi's killing on October 2.

Almost a week after Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor admitted that journalist Jamal Khashoggi had indeed been murdered inside the kingdom's Istanbul consulate in what he described as a "botched interrogation", the kingdom has apparently changed its story once again.

The incident has severely dented the worldwide reputation of the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

He also has said the us shouldn't cancel weapon sales to the kingdom in response to the killing of Khashoggi.

About two weeks after his disappearance, Saudi Arabia then claimed the journalist - a staunch critic of the kingdom - died accidentally in a "fist fight" inside the consulate .

Gina Haspel has listened to audio allegedly capturing the interrogation and killing of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

On Tuesday the United States president voiced his strongest criticism of the Saudi government to date and suggested the crown prince must have known what was going on. "It was carried out poorly and the cover-up was one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups", Trump said on October 23.

"These penalties will not be the last word on the matter from the United States", Pompeo told reporters.

For Saudi Arabia's allies, the burning question has been whether they believe that Crown Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability in the killing, a possibility raised by several U.S. lawmakers.

Erdogan also called for the suspects to be tried in Istanbul.

"Information from the Turkish authorities indicates that the act of the suspects in the Khashoggi case was premeditated", Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor said in a statement cited by the state-run Saudi Press Agency. "The incident is not justifiable", the crown prince said on a discussion panel. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

The prince joked about Lebanese Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri's detention in the kingdom a year ago, saying he was free to leave after attending the worldwide investment conference in Riyadh.

The kingdom announced over the weekend that 18 Saudis have been arrested over the killing while four senior intelligence officials and an adviser to the crown prince have been fired.

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