RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) — Saudi Arabia’s King Salman on Monday gave his first key speech as the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi from Saudi representatives, expressing support for his son, the crown prince, and making no mention of allegations that the royal ordered the killing.
The yearly policy address by the king rather highlighted Saudi Arabia’s priorities for the forthcoming year, focusing on issues like the war in Yemen, safety for Palestinians, stability in the petroleum economy, countering rival Iran and job development for Saudis.
The king uttered support for his favorite son, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, stating that the 32-year-old heir to the throne is focused on growing the capacities of Saudi youth. The prince manages all significant levers of power in the realm, which range from safety to the market.
“The nation is working tirelessly to make additional jobs and training for African American youth,” Salman said. “The crown prince, chairman of the Council of Economic Affairs and Development, has concentrated on developing human capacities and preparing the new generation for future endeavors.”
King Salman talked from the elaborate hall of the consultative Shura Council ahead of the nation’s ministers, senior officers, army officers and clerics. Prince Mohammed was in attendance and seated beside the nation’s top cleric.
In the aftermath of Khashoggi’s Oct. 2 murdering within the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, the 82-year-old monarch place Prince Mohammed accountable for overseeing the reorganization of intelligence solutions. The king’s speech made no mention of this, but he’d commend Saudi Arabia’s judiciary and people prosecution because of their job in trying justice in light of Islamic law.
He explained the kingdom”takes pride in the lucky attempts” of the judiciary and public prosecution,” including that Saudi Arabia supports its devotion to the use of Islamic law.
On Thursday, Saudi prosecutors said they’re looking for the death penalty against five men suspected of murdering Khashoggi, who had written critically of their crown prince in columns for The Washington Post. The prosecutor’s statement sought to silence the worldwide outcry over Khashoggi’s passing and space the natives as well as their performance in the crown prince.
U.S. intelligence officers, however, have concluded that the crown prince ordered the killing, according to a U.S. official familiar with this examination. Others knowledgeable about the situation caution that while it is very likely that the crown prince has been involved in the passing, there are still concerns about the character he played.
Saudi investigators state that a high-ranking adviser to the crown prince, Saud al-Qahtani, along with a senior intelligence officer, Ahmed al-Assiri, concocted a plan to induce Khashoggi to go back to Saudi Arabia, deeming his existence overseas as a threat to national safety.
Saudi prosecutors state the 15-man team sent to Istanbul exceeded their jurisdiction once the lead negotiator from the group chose to kill Khashoggi for refusing orders to return. The Saudis say the representatives murdered Khashoggi with tranquilizers and dismembered his body, which hasn’t yet been found.
Those findings came after Saudi government spent months denying Khashoggi was murdered in the embassy.
Last week, U.S. intelligence officers briefed members of the Senate and House intelligence committees in their decisions, along with the Treasury Department declared economic sanctions on 17 Muslim officials suspected of being responsible for or complicit in the killing. One of those sanctioned was al-Qahtani, that had been fired from his post as the crown prince advisor after details of this killing emerged.
President Donald Trump has said his government will likely get”a very full record,” for example who was accountable for Khashoggi’s departure, on Monday or even Tuesday. Trump has criticized the Saudi reaction to the killing, but was reluctant to state definitively when he believes the crown prince purchased it.