Saudi Crown Prince Told Christian Leaders Khashoggi Murder Was ‘Terrible Mistake’ and Promised to Punish Those Responsible

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman (MBS) told American evangelical leaders in their meeting last week that the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi was a “terrible mistake” and vowed to punish those responsible.

As was previously reported, the crown prince met with several evangelical leaders from the United States in Riyadh last week for a two-hour conversation on the crown prince’s vision for peace and harmony in the Middle East and Saudi Arabia, which consistently faces international scrutiny for human rights and religious freedom violations.

The evangelical leaders — who are mostly conservative supporters of President Donald Trump — took heat online from critics who condemned the group for meeting with MBS in light of the international outrage surrounding the death of Khashoggi, a Washington Post journalist who was said to have been killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in early October.

The Turkish government has requested to know the whereabouts of Khashoggi’s body. A Turkish official surmised last week that Khashoggi was strangled upon entering the consulate and that his body was mutilated and dissolved in acid. The Saudis have offered little explanation as to what happened to Khashoggi and those responsible for his killing.

Evangelical leaders involved in the meeting with MBS last Thursday say that Khashoggi’s death was one of the first topics mentioned.

“The death of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was the first of many sensitive issues we discussed in our two-hour meeting with MBS,” evangelical communications executive Larry Ross, president of A. Larry Ross Communications, told The Christian Post in an email.

“In response, the crown prince replied that he did not authorize that heinous act, but may have caused some of his people to love their Kingdom too much, and delegated authority in a way that made it possible for them to think they would be pleasing leadership by taking matters into their own hands.”

Ross explained that MBS did not indicate who the perpetrators were but explained that “a terrible mistake happened.”

“He stressed that after completing their investigation, they will prosecute whoever did this crime, promised the people responsible will be held accountable and taken to court, and that any problem they have in the system will be addressed,” Ross concluded.

The meeting of the evangelical leaders was organized by author Joel Rosenberg, a joint U.S.-Israeli citizen.

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Source: Christian Post