Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman has described the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as “heinous” and saying he would “bring to justice” those who are responsible.

Speaking at the country’s Future Investment Initiative summit conference in Riyadh on Wednesday, the crown prince said “the crime was painful to all Saudis and painful to every human in the world.”

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“Saudi Arabia will go and implement all necessary rules and investigate deeply in order to achieve results. And to bring to justice those who were responsible for this heinous crime and they will be put before the courts. There’s no doubt.

“We know that many are trying to use this painful thing to drive a wedge between Saudi Arabia and Turkey … Justice will be seen in the end,” he said.

His panel appearance marks the first time the crown prince has addressed the death publicly.

Members of bin Salman’s inner circle have been blamed for the killing. Several US officials have told CNN that any such operation could not have happened without bin Salman’s direct knowledge.