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`The Saudis will find a scapegoat' for Khashoggi, says exiled Prince Khalid | DW |

In an interview with DW, Prince Khalid bin Farhan al-Saud accused Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of being behind the alleged murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. He currently lives in exile in Germany.

DW: You are closely following disappearance and suspected murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. What do you make of the most recent developments in the case?

Prince Khalid bin Farhan: I can say that Khashoggi had ties with the royal family and that he objected to being labeled as an opposition figure. He did not pose any political danger to the royal family. Even in his criticism, he was cautious. I don't see him as having been a direct threat to the Saudi government.

DW: What information do you have exactly?

PK: I know the mentality of the political leader in Saudi Arabia, King Salman. He ruled the province of Riyadh for 50 years. He resorted to violence because he had no political experience, but was bestowed with great power. Now that he has finally become king, he is ruling with the same political style -- also in international affairs.

DW: Does that mean that orders to kill always come from the very top -- in other words, from King Salman?

PK: Correct. It is well known that opposition voices who were kidnapped from Europe had their fates sealed by orders from the king. The more prominent dissidents were personally punished by order of the king. It is the king who gives the orders.

It is the same with Jamal Khashoggi, the world-renowned journalist from The Washington Post. When such an act is carried out, naturally it requires the consent of the head of government.

I could not say that King Salman is directly involved but I believe the decision and the implementation of the killing leads to his son, Mohammed.

With admittance Jamal Khashoggi is dead, the MbS politics is moving fast across the globe and Arab world ...

'Sapere aude'

by Oui (Oui) on Sat Oct 20th, 2018 at 06:32:41 AM EST

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