Saudi Crown Prince MBS warns against exploiting Khashoggi murder

Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called on any party ‘exploiting case’ to present evidence, in veiled attack on Turkey.

The CIA has reportedly said the murder was likely ordered by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia [File: Reuters]
(Aljazeera News) – Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) has warned against “exploiting” the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi for political gains, in what appeared to be a veiled attack on Turkey.

Turkey’s ties with Saudi Arabia have come under strain since the brutal killing of Khashoggi last October in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, which tarnished the reputation of MBS.

Turkish officials were the first to report the murder and have continued to press Saudi Arabia for information on the whereabouts of his dismembered body, which has yet to be found.

“The death of Jamal Khashoggi is a very painful crime,” MBS told pan-Arab daily Asharq al-Awsat in an interview published on Sunday.

He said “those accused of carrying out the crime are government officials” and the kingdom is seeking to “achieve full justice and accountability, without getting distracted by positions taken by some for their own domestic considerations that are known to everyone”.

“Any party exploiting the case politically should stop doing so, and present evidence to the [Saudi] court, which will contribute in achieving justice,” he added, without directly naming Turkey.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.