The Saudi Crown Prince Called Jamal Khashoggi’s Son To Say He Was Sorry

Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.POMED/CC BY 2.0/Flickr

Jamal Khashoggi was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Turkey, though the circumstances of his death are disputed.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman called the son of murdered journalist Jamal Khashoggi to offer his condolences, according to The Guardian. King Salman also placed a condolence call, as questions surrounding Khashoggi’s killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul remain unanswered.

> The Turkish president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, has said details of the Washington Post journalist’s killing “will be revealed in all its nakedness” in parliament on Tuesday, the same day a glitzy investment forum in Riyadh spearheaded by the crown prince is to take place.

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> Saudi Arabia’s admission on Friday – after weeks of denials – that Khashoggi was killed in a “fistfight” and that 18 Saudis have been detained – has been met with widespread scepticism and allegations of a cover-up designed to absolve Prince Mohammed of direct responsibility. Turkish media reports and officials say a 15-member Saudi team flew to Istanbul, lay in wait for Khashoggi at the consulate and then killed and dismembered him.

Few in the international community are buying the Saudi explanation of events leading up to Khashoggi's death, including the notion that it was a rogue operation.

> The UK foreign secretary, Jeremy Hunt, spoke to the Saudi foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, on Sunday to convey the British view that the explanation provided was not entirely credible. And in his strongest comments to date on the case, the US president, Donald Trump, accused Saudi Arabia of lying about the death.

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> Jubeir said in a Fox News interview that Prince Mohammed knew nothing of any plan to kill Khashoggi and that the whereabouts of his body remained a mystery to Riyadh.

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> “This was an operation that was a rogue operation. This was an operation where individuals ended up exceeding the authorities and responsibilities they had,” Jubeir told Fox. “They made the mistake when they killed Jamal Khashoggi in the consulate and they tried to cover up for it.”

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