Saudi prince was in constant touch with Khashoggi hit-squad boss

Minnie Murray
December 3, 2018

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Saturday he has seen all the intelligence possessed by the United States on the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and repeated that no direct evidence links Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman to the incident.

The G20 summit in Buenos Aires is the first major global event the Saudi prince has attended since the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October.

Mohammed bin Salman, Saudi Crown Prince, is waiting for the family photo of all participants at the G20 Summit Conference Centre in Buenos Aires on November 30, 2018.

President Erdogan has said the killing was ordered by the highest level of Saudi leadership but probably not by King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on the Crown Prince.

Algiers also has strong ties with Qatar, with which Saudi Arabia and three other Arab states severed trade and transport ties in June 2017.

Saudi Arabia has announced the detention of 18 nationals and vowed to probe the killing of Khashoggi, a royal confidant turned critic who was killed and dismembered when he visited the kingdom's Istanbul consulate on October 2 to handle paperwork for his planned wedding.

The Saudi government has denied that the crown prince played any role in Khashoggi's death, but the Central Intelligence Agency has concluded that he in fact ordered the killing.

The newspaper says bin Salman sent at least 11 messages to his closest adviser, Saud al-Qahtani. He said Ankara has shared this evidence with all countries who requested it, including the United States, Britain, Germany and Saudi Arabia.

Turkey insists that Saudi Arabia should extradite those responsible for the murder, Erdogan reiterated.

It has also ruined Prince Mohammed's worldwide public image.

Abderrazak Makri, head of the Islamist Movement of Society for Peace, told reporters the Crown Prince's visit "does not serve Algeria's image nor its reputation".

They showed Khashoggi becoming progressively more fearful of the de facto leader of Saudi Arabia, known as MbS, even suspecting the conversations with Mr Abdulaziz had been hacked.

Nevertheless, the G20 summit suggests Prince Mohammed and the kingdom may have taken their first step towards putting the Khashoggi affair behind them. Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir had admitted that the murder of the scribe was "a mistake and a rogue operation".

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