Saudi crown prince says Khashoggi death 'heinous crime' - USA

Saudi crown prince says Khashoggi death 'heinous crime' - USA

It's the latest turn in the saga of the killed Saudi writer and dissident after the kingdom on Thursday cited evidence showing that his killing was premeditated - changing its story again to try to ease worldwide outrage over the macabre circumstances of Khashoggi's October 2 death at the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.

The prince himself has faced global criticism, with many officials saying he must have known about Khashoggi's killing in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, allegedly by Saudi security agents, and some saying he may have ordered the killing.

"They (Saudis) do such a crime with a reliance on a superpower which supports them and does not let the worldwide courts decide on any measures against them", he added.

"But they will not succeed as long as there is a king named Salman and a crown prince named Mohammed bin Salman".

Center House sources of the Premier said the "announcement by Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman about the extension of Hariri's visit to Riyadh means there will be meetings in the coming hours related to the situation in Lebanon".

What U.S. President Donald Trump called "one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups" was revealed to the world by Turkish leaks of information, including references to purported audio recordings of the killing, and security camera footage of the Saudi officials who were involved as they moved around Istanbul.

Bin Salman's remarks, which he made on the second day of a high-profile investment conference now underway in Riyadh, came one day after Erdogan revealed details of Khashoggi's October 2 murder in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul.




"We will prove to the world that the two governments (Saudi and Turkish) are cooperating to punish any criminal, any culprit and at the end justice will prevail", Prince Mohammed said to applause.

"His very survival depends on Trump working with him", Indyk said of bin Salman.

The development came shortly after Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan accused Saudi Arabia of plotting Khashoggi's murder.

The Trump administration and the USA defense industry are scrambling to save the few actual deals in a much-touted $110 billion arms package for Saudi Arabia.

Riyadh has blamed a "rogue operation" for the death of the prominent Saudi journalist and said the crown prince had no knowledge of the killing.

He seemed relaxed on the panel he shared with Bahrain's Crown Prince Salman bin Hamad al-Khalifa and Lebanon's Prime Minister Saad al-Hariri.

"PM-designate Hariri will stay in Saudi Arabia for two days, so I hope there won't be rumors that he's kidnapped", MBS quipped in remarks to an investment conference in Riyadh, flanked by Hariri and Bahrain's crown prince.

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