Khashoggi case should not be politicised, Saudi Foreign Minister says

Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Thursday the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate was now a legal case and should not be politicised, Reuters reported

“The politicisation of the issue contributes to a fissure in the Islamic world while the kingdom seeks the unity of the Islamic world,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh.

Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor said earlier on Thursday that it had sought the death penalty for five of the 11 suspects charged in the murder of Khashoggi. 

The journalist was killed by lethal injection inside the country’s Istanbul consulate on Oct. 2 after a struggle, and his body was later dismembered, the prosecutor said. 

Turkey’s foreign minister, Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, called on Wednesday an international investigation into the murder, which, according to Turkish authorities was planned in advance. 

Riyadh has its own investigative body and would reject an independent investigation into the killing of Khashoggi, the Saudi foreign minister said on Thursday. 

Khashoggi, a contributor to the Washington Post, was living in self-imposed exile in the United States and Turkey, since he turned from a loyalist of the Saudi royal court into a critic after Prince Mohammed bin Salman became the crown prince in 2017.

The crown prince had “absolutely nothing to do” with the murder of Khashoggi, Jubeir said on Thursday.

Jubeir also said that Ankara had refused three requests from Riyadh to provide proof of their accounts of the killing, Reuters reported.