WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Saudi Arabia’s crown prince had no data of the particular operation that resulted within the dying of journalist Jamal Khashoggi within the kingdom’s consulate in Istanbul this month, a Saudi official conversant in the investigation mentioned on Friday.
FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud is seen throughout a gathering with U.N Secretary-Common Antonio Guterres on the United Nations headquarters within the Manhattan borough of New York Metropolis, New York, U.S. March 27, 2018. REUTERS/Amir Levy/File Photograph
“There have been no orders for them to kill him and even particularly kidnap him,” mentioned the supply, talking on situation of anonymity and including that there was a standing order to carry critics of the dominion again to the nation.
“MbS had no data of this particular operation and definitely didn’t order a kidnapping or homicide of anyone. He may have been conscious of the final instruction to inform individuals to return again,” the supply mentioned, utilizing the initials of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
The supply mentioned the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s physique have been unclear after it was handed over to a “native cooperator” however there was no signal of it on the consulate.
Reporting by Yara Bayoumy; Writing by Stephen Kalin; Enhancing by Sandra Maler