Prince Turki Al-Faisal denounces demonization of Saudi Arabia

05 November, 2018, 05:32 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Mohammed bin Salman 'told White House' Khashoggi was a dangerous Islamist

"The violent murder of a prominent journalist and commentator on foreign soil is a grave violation of human rights and a disturbing escalation of the crackdown on dissent in Saudi Arabia, whose government in recent years has jailed numerous writers, journalists, human rights advocates, and lawyers in a sweeping assault on free expression and association", the group said Friday in an open letter.

Turkey has demanded that Saudi authorities tell them where the body is.

The Saudis' story has changed repeatedly since that time, with the country's public prosecutor saying last week that Khashoggi's killing was premeditated.

While Saudi authorities have admitted that the journalist's murder was premeditated, the body has yet to be found.

"Turkey does not want to lose Saudi Arabia at the end of the day", Mahcupyan said.

The whereabouts of Khashoggi's remains are unknown, and the U.S., Turkey, and other nations have called for Saudi Arabia to fully cooperate in a transparent investigation into his death.

In a column for the Post Friday, Cengiz called her fiance's death "barbaric and ruthless".

"As responsible members of the global community, we must reveal the identities of the puppet-masters behind Khashoggi's killing and discover those in whom Saudi officials - still trying to cover up the murder - have placed their trust", Erdogan noted.

Held at the Mayflower Hotel, the memorial was organized by the Justice for Jamal Khashoggi campaign.

Turkish police first searched the consulate and the Saudi consul general's residence, then hunted for evidence in a vast forest on the fringes of Istanbul.

The murder has strained the decades-old alliance between the United States and Saudi Arabia, with Trump calling it "one of the worst cover-ups in history".

"According to the latest information we have, the reason they cut up the body is it was easier to dissolve it", the official added.

Yasin Aktay said the "only logical conclusion" was that those who killed the journalist in Istanbul destroyed the body "to leave no trace behind". "In other words, we did not get the impression that they were keen on genuinely cooperating with the investigation", the official said.

Photos of the 15 men thought to be the Saudi hit squad checking in to hotels in Istanbul circulated and were identified by Turkish media who cited officials on October 10. He was a Washington Post contributor living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, and had voiced some mild criticism of Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MbS).

"We even returned to it a second time later in the discussion because of its importance, and were encouraged by the Crown Prince's candor in his response", Ross told The Post.

US media reported on Thursday that MBS described Khashoggi as a "dangerous Islamist" in a phone call with Jared Kushner and John Bolton, US President Donald Trump's son-in-law and national security adviser respectively, days after Khashoggi's disappearance and before Saudi Arabia publicly acknowledged his killing.

Saudi officials have offered varying explanations for how and why Khashoggi was killed on October 2.

Germany and Switzerland have vowed to halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia until the case is clarified.



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