RNA - The incident comes a day before the Future Investments Initiative is set to begin — and after US business leaders and organizations have pulled out of the Riyadh summit in droves, The Hill reported.
Screenshots circulating on social media show a picture posted on the site of Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman with a sword standing behind a kneeling Khashoggi, with a Daesh flag waving in the background.
“For the sake of security for children worldwide, we urge all countries to put sanction on the Saudi regime,” a caption read, noting that “the regime, aligned with the United States must be kept responsible for its barbaric and inhuman action, such as killing its own citizen Jamal Khashoggi and thousands of innocent people in Yemen”.
The website now appears to be completely down.
After weeks of denying any involvement in the disappearance of Khashoggi, who was last seen walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, the Saudi government now claims that the Washington Post columnist was killed as part of a rogue operation that MbS has distanced himself from.
But most international observers are skeptical of that explanation, and US lawmakers of both parties have criticized the Saudi government, with many calling for new Washington sanctions.
Media representatives for Future Investments Initiative did not immediately respond when contacted for comment.
Saudi Arabia's prominent investment conference dubbed Davos in the Desert is set to kick off in the capital Riyadh, though it's been overshadowed by Khashoggi's killing. The summit is scheduled to begin at 8 am (05:00 GMT) and the Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince is expected to attend. It is aimed at weaning the kingdom off oil revenues and fostering an economy powered by private investments.
In recent days the Future Investment Initiative has seen major pull-outs from top global CEOs and finance officials.
Among the A-list executives who have withdrawn are JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon, HSBC CEO John Flint, Blackrock CEO Larry Fink, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, and the head of German industrial giant Siemens, Joe Kaeser.