Saudi Crown Prince Calls Khashoggi Killing ‘A Heinous Crime’

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman says the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was “a heinous crime” committed by people who must be brought to justice. The prince, who has fallen under suspicion for possibly ordering the killing, discussed the case Wednesday at the “Davos in the Desert” investment forum.

Prince Mohammed was asked about Khashoggi at the start of a session of the Future Investment Initiative conference in Riyadh — meetings that some business and political leaders chose to avoid as the international community rejected Saudi Arabia’s shifting explanations for how Khashoggi died at its consulate in Istanbul earlier this month. Turkish officials say Khashoggi, a noted critic of the ruling regime, was murdered.

“First of all, the crime was really painful to all Saudis, and I believe it is painful to every human in the world,” Prince Mohammed said. “It is a heinous crime that cannot be justified.”  more

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