Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman addressed an international audience today just 28 hours after body parts of murdered Turkish journalist Jamal Khashoggi were found in an act he called “a heinous crime” and vowed to not “allow a wedge to form between Saudi Arabia and Turkey.”

Dubbed the “worst cover-up ever” by US President Donald Trump, the royal, who has been accused of being involved in the shocking killing, spoke at an investment conference in Riyadh, which went ahead despite boycotts from high-profile participants that pulled out as result of the murder.

Speaking publicly for the first time since Mr Khashoggi’s body parts such as his face, was found in the garden of the Saudi Consul General’s garden 500 metres from the Consulate building in Istanbul the slain writer entered on October 2 before he vanished, the Crown Prince said the “heinous” crime “cannot be justified.”

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