The prince took to his Twitter to express his concern about the disappearance of the Washington Post opinion writer.
“A Saudi citizen, journalist, and dear friend of mine, Jamal Khashoggi, has been missing since October 2,” wrote the prince.
Moulay Hicham recalled recent news reports, which alleged that the Saudi journalist was tortured and murdered “at the hands of his own countrymen at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.”
The prince said that the murder should be regarded as a “political assassination conducted on Saudi soil. This violates international law, human rights and the very tenets of Islamic law.”
— Hicham Alaoui (@HichamAlaouiSW) October 7, 2018
Moulay Hicham urged the Saudi government to clarify the circumstances of the incident and to punish the alleged killers.
He added that Saudi Arabia bears full responsibility in “this barbaric and unquantifiable act of savagery” if it refuses to open an investigation into the alleged murder.
Turkish authorities have concluded that the Saudi journalist was killed at the consulate of Saudi Arabia in Istanbul.
The journalist was known for his vocal criticism of Saudi Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman’s foreign policy decisions towards Qatar, Canada, and the war in Yemen, as well as his crackdown against dissenting voices in Saudi Arabia.
The journalist disappeared after he visited the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on Tuesday to secure documentation for a forthcoming marriage with a Turkish national.