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