Pictures have emerged showing the son of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi meeting with the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia today and he wore a scowl on his face as he shook hands with the Prince who has been blamed for the death of his father.
During the meeting today in Riyadh, Salah bin Jamal Khashoggi, the son of slain Jamal Khashoggi was seen in a stern handshake with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the powerful heir to Saudi Arabia’s throne, at the city’s Yamama Palace.
King Salman was also present as the royals “offered their condolences” to grieving family members of Khashoggi, who included Salah’s brother Sahel.
As the de facto ruler of the kingdom, the Crown Prince has been widely blamed for the death of Khashoggi, which was carried out by a hit squad of senior Saudi intelligence officials. Critics suspect Prince Mohammed bin Salman ordered the high-profile operation or at least knew about it.
It comes amid claims parts of the writer’s body including his disfigured face have been found in the grounds of the Saudi consul general’s home in Istanbul, with separate reports saying the remains were found down a well at the property.
But in a speech earlier today, Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan suggested a corpse had not yet been discovered and called on Saudi Arabia to reveal its location.
Earlier, the Turkish president said Khashoggi’s “savage” murder was planned by a Saudi hit squad who disabled CCTV at the Istanbul consulate before killing the writer and giving his body to a local fixer.
Erdogan also assured the family of the slain journalist that Ankara would do “everything” to solve the case as he offered his condolences over during a telephone call to Khashoggi’s son Abdullah.
In an explosive speech today, Erdogan said there were strong signs a Saudi team plotted to kill the journalist days before his death on October 2.
The 64-year-old described it as a “political murder” but stopped short of directly blaming Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, instead demanding to know “who gave the orders” for the operation.
In response, Saudi King Salman said at a cabinet meeting this afternoon that those responsible for Khashoggi’s slaying would be held “accountable”.