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Al-Jubeir: Saudi Arabia rejects politicizing Jamal Khashoggi case

RIYADH, Nov 15 (KUNA) -- Saudi's Foreign Minister Adel Al-Jubeir stressed his country's rejection of politicizing the investigation of the Jamal Khashoggi case.
In a press conference Thursday, the Saudi Foreign Minister said that, "the Kingdom has a serious investigative body - an independent and a professional judiciary." Al-Jubeir called on Turkish authorities to provide proof and information that may contribute to the clarification of matters that remain vague.
In a response to a reporter, Al-Jubeir underlined that Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had "absolutely" nothing to do with the killing of the Saudi national - a point that US National Security advisers have also stated.
He said that the death of Khashoggi was a crime and was a big mistake and that there is guidance from King Salman bin Abdul-Aziz for an investigation, which has so far led to 18 suspects being arrested and six officials being relieved of their posts.
The Saudi Public Prosecutor's Office announced today the conviction of 11 people and referred them to the court, including five people.
The Attorney General has demanded the execution of the death penalty on them, pointing out that investigations are still underway.
Al-Jubeir said that during the investigations there was a continuation of cooperation with the Turkish side on a joint commission of inquiry. The Saudi Attorney-General also went to Turkey to obtain evidence.
The Public Prosecution are awaiting a response from the Turkish after sending three memoranda for evidence.
The case is being dealt with by the Saudi judiciary, said Al-Jubeir, rejecting any attempts to politicize the issue or interfere in the internal affairs of the Kingdom.
He also critisized "fierce attacks" against the Kingdom, which he deemed "illogical." Despite the momentum it has received from international and local media, the issue will not make Riyadh abandon its consistent policy in the face of terrorism and extremism, ensuring stability in oil markets and facing Iranian interference in regional affairs, he said.
The Kingdom is also committed to continuing its economic and social reforms, including the creation of job opportunities for Saudis, empowering women and the youth, creating an innovative and productive environment and climate and reducing dependence on oil in income.
He also stressed that the Kingdom is a central nation in the Middle East and the world, has great responsibilities in the service of Islam and Muslims, and is working to create a better future for its citizens. (end) mdm.aa