Published: Sat, November 03, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Prince Turki Al-Faisal denounces demonization of Saudi Arabia

Prince Turki Al-Faisal denounces demonization of Saudi Arabia

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of the Saudi government and its de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul exactly one month ago on October 2.

The "only logical conclusion" was that those who had killed the Saudi journalist in Istanbul had destroyed his body "to leave no trace behind", he said.

Instead, the White House "has joined governments around the region in weighing what effect the stigma of the Khashoggi killing may have on the crown prince's ability to rule, and what benefit can be extracted from his potential weakness", the Times said, quoting people familiar with the administration's deliberations.

The prince said Khashoggi, 59, was a member of the Muslim Brotherhood, a Middle East group Bolton and members of the Trump administration considers terrorists.

He said that despite a longstanding relationship between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, Istanbul would not "turn a blind eye to the premeditated murder that unfolded in front of our very eyes".

Khashoggi's family rejected the characterization in a statement to the newspaper.

Khashoggi vanished after entering the consulate in Istanbul to pick up paperwork for his upcoming marriage to his Cengiz, who was waiting for him outside. "To claim otherwise would be ridiculous", the statement said.

"The Saudi officials seemed primarily interested in finding out what evidence the Turkish authorities had against the perpetrators". Saudi Arabia since then announced a full investigation into the killing.

Turkish prosecutors plan to seek the extradition of 18 suspects in the slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi so they can be prosecuted.

"We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government", Mr Erdogan wrote.

Istanbul's chief prosecutor says Khashoggi was strangled immediately after he entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, on October 2 and that his body was dismembered and removed from the consulate.

He denounced what he called "the demonization of Saudi Arabia". However, as worldwide pressure increased, Riyadh admitted that the killing was an error, carried out by rogue elements.

"We knew Khashoggi's body was dismembered", Aktay added.

Abdulhamit Gul added that Saudi Arabia must co-operate in the investigation into the murder of Mr Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and there must be no further cover-up.

She has previously said she was "extremely disappointed" with the response of various countries' leadership to the killing, especially that of the US. Earlier Turkish media reports said audio recordings captured Khashoggi being tortured before his death.

Earlier, the USA called for a swift cessation of hostilities in Yemen, where a Saudi-led coalition has been fighting rebels supported by its arch-enemy Iran.

She added, "It is now up to the global community to bring the perpetrators to justice".

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