Saudi Royal Family to try suspects in Khashoggi murder

Sunday 28th Oct 2018

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister, Adel al-Jubeir, has said that the suspects in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi would face full prosecution in Saudi Arabia, and that he has full backing from the Saudi Royal Family in persecuting the guilty parties.

At a conference in Bahrain this week, Adel al-Jubeir spoke negatively of the western, and Qatari, media hysteria in its coverage of the incident.

Adel Al Jubeir speaking in Manama

The Saudi Royal Family have this week issued statements on the killing, including Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman describing it as a “heinous crime”. Saudi King Salman also assured US President Donald Trump that the upper echelons of the Saudi Royal Family were not involved in the killing.

The foreign minister’s comments come just one day after Turkey stated that it wished to extradite 18 Saudi Arabia nationals that authorities suspect as being involved in the journalist’s death three weeks ago.

Representatives, as well as key member’s, have categorically denied the Saudi Royal Family was involved in any way in the killing, and blames “rogue agents” for Khashoggi’s death. Khashoggi was an outspoken critic of the Saudi Royal Family, and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto ruler of Saudi Arabia, and unofficial head of the Family. It has been considered as negative News for the Saudi Royal Family, and their PR machine is in full swing attempting to shore up the negative attention.

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