PFIF: Crown Prince Evades responsibility Of Khashoggi’s Murder

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Paris Francophone Institute for Freedoms (PFIF) condemns the cliché way which the Saudi authorities are trying to disclaim the responsibility of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of the case of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2 deliberately.

The contradictory information provided by the Saudi authorities since the beginning of the case, which ended with a brief statement issued tonight in Riyadh, carried a contradictory and incoherent narrative and clearly indicates the authorities’ attempt to hold the crime responsible for someone away from the officials who gave the orders to commit the crime.

The Saudi authorities denied a lot of information and then approved some of them at once which clearly indicates the attempt to avoid the responsibility of the Crown Prince for the committed crime.

Murder requires the punishment of the offender and should not be subject to political settlement in any way. PFIF emphasizes that the responsibility lies with those who ordered, planned, carried out and covered the crime, and all of them must be prosecuted.

Khashoggi left Saudi Arabia after a fierce crackdown on opinion advocates, human rights activists and reform defenders, and chose the United States as an optional exile.

Khashoggi was subjected to a clear lure inside his consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, where he was waiting for a team of 15 agents of the Saudi intelligence, which met with torture and direct killing and beheading.

The official Saudi Press Agency (SPA) issued a statement to a Saudi official source that the Kingdom has taken the necessary steps to clarify the truth of Jamal Khashoggi’s case and confirms the accountability of all those involved and brought to justice.

The official Saudi source said that the primary investigations showed that the suspects went to Istanbul to meet with Jamal Khashoggi for the emergence of indications that he could return to the country and that the discussions between them and Khashoggi evolved into a clash of hands that led to his death. It also pointed out that the Public Prosecution has arrested 18 Saudis under investigation.

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