A high-ranking foreign affairs official in the kingdom said in an interview broadcast Sunday, Riyadh does not know the location of dissident Jamal Khashoggi’s body, despite having detained the Saudi team that murdered him.
Adel al-Jubeir, Saudi minister of state for foreign affairs, said the murder was carried out by Saudi officials “acting outside their scope of authority” and that 11 people have been charged with the crime.
But asked where Khashoggi’s body is, he told CBS’s “Face the Nation,” “We don’t know.” Jubeir said the public prosecutor responsible for the case had sought evidence from Turkey but had received no response.
Questioned why those in custody couldn’t tell them where the body was, Jubeir responded: “We are still investigating.” “We have now a number of possibilities and we’re asking them what they did with the body, and I think this investigation is ongoing, and I would expect that eventually we will find the truth,” he said.
The New York Times said the CIA had intercepted communications of the crown prince telling a top aide in 2017 that he would go after Khashoggi “with a bullet” if the journalist did not return to Saudi Arabia.
“I’m not going to comment on reports based on anonymous sources,” Jubeir said.
Jamal Ahmad Khashoggi was a Saudi Arabian dissident, author, columnist for The Washington Post, and a general manager and editor-in-chief of Al-Arab News Channel who was assassinated at the Saudi Arabian consulate in Istanbul on 2 October 2018 by agents of the Saudi government.