Saudi Crown Prince pledges 'justice' in Khashoggi case

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After weeks of denying involvement in his disappearance, Saudi Arabia on Saturday announced that he died in a fight inside the consulate.

Shortly afterwards, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. would "punish those responsible" and had revoked visas of 21 identified suspects.

Images released by the Saudi government showing the son of killed journalist Jamal Khashoggi accepting condolences and shaking hands with the crown prince suspected of being responsible for his father's death has sparked outrage online.

He is an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia who has dared to defy Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler.

The conference, nicknamed "Davos in the desert", has been overshadowed by the outcry over the murder of Khashoggi inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on October 2, with a array of big names pulling out over the case.

Erdogan said he wants Saudi Arabia to send 18 suspects to Turkey for a trial.

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Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel was heading for Turkey yesterday as the United States treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin met Prince Mohammed in Riyadh.

Trump told reporters last Saturday: "So far, we've heard about it, but nobody has seen it", adding that, to his knowledge, that included the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Central Intelligence Agency.

The hit squad reportedly tortured Khashoggi, cut his fingers off and decapitated him with a bone saw brought from Saudi Arabia for that objective, according to Turkish media.

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I would say it was a total fiasco from day one.

The incident has severely dented the worldwide reputation of the Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman.

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The public show of sympathy came after Turkish President Recep Erdogan said the savage "political murder" was plotted days in advance.

French President Emmanuel Macron spoke to Saudi King Salman on Wednesday, expressing his disapproval of the dissident's murder and demanding a credible investigation.

Riyadh has blamed a "rogue operation" for the death of the prominent Saudi journalist, and said Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman had no knowledge of the killing.

Trump described Erdogan's speech as "pretty rough" on Saudi Arabia.

The killing also overshadowed a major investment forum that opened in Riyadh Tuesday. "There obviously was a tremendous mistake made and what compounded the mistake was the attempt to try to cover it up".

Turkey wants extradition of 18 Saudis in Khashoggi case
Both agreed "all aspects of the murder" must be made public so that the killers could be held accountable for the crime. Sanctions should come as "a European response" and be "clear and coherent.in all domains", the French leader said.

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