November 15, 2018 / 2:13 PM / 25 days ago

Saudi foreign minister: Khashoggi case should not be politicised

FILE PHOTO: Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel bin Ahmed Al-Jubeir speaks during the second day of the 14th Manama dialogue, Security Summit in Manama, Bahrain October 27, 2018. REUTERS/Hamad l Mohammed

RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister said on Thursday the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi in its Istanbul consulate is now a legal case and should not be politicised, after the public prosecutor said it would seek the death penalty for five suspects.

“The politicisation of the issue contributes to a fissure in the Islamic world while the kingdom seeks the unity of the Islamic world,” Adel al-Jubeir told reporters in Riyadh.

Jubeir added that there were still unanswered questions in need of answers, but Ankara had refused three requests from Riyadh to provide proof of their accounts of the killing.

Reporting By Marwa Rashad, Writing by Stephen Kalin; Editing by Gareth Jones

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