Saudi rejects Turkey’s call to extradite Khashoggi killers

Minnie Murray
October 28, 2018

"They're detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia", Jubeir said at a regional defence forum in the Bahraini capital.

Touching on the fallout of Khashoggi's death, Jubeir said that Riyadh-Washington ties are "ironclad" and praised what he called the "rational, realistic" foreign policy of the administration of US President Donald Trump.

Over the past 50 years, he said, conflicts have led to two competing visions of "light" and "darkness" in the Middle East.

"With our collective interests in peace and unwavering respect for human rights in mind, the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a diplomatic facility must concern us all greatly", Mattis told worldwide officials and experts at the Manama Dialogue.

The top United States diplomat said the Saudi suspects came from "the intelligence services, the royal court, the foreign ministry and other Saudi ministries".

"We are pleased that he is now able to do so", Palladino said.

Saudi journalist Khashoggi, 59, who had lived in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, was murdered after entering his country's Istanbul consulate on October 2 to obtain paperwork to marry his Turkish fiancee.

"In her interview with the Turkish broadcaster", Al Jazeera's reporting noted, "Cengiz said Trump has invited her to visit the White House but said she would not go until the US was honest in its efforts to uncover the truth behind Khashoggi's killing".

Cengiz, a Turkish national, was placed under 24-hour police protection in Turkey on Monday, just days after Saudi Arabia finally admitted that Khashoggi had been killed inside its consulate in Istanbul.

Erdogan has said that Turkey would reveal more evidence about the killing but was not in any rush to do so, indicating that Turkish authorities will methodically increase pressure on Saudi Arabia even as the kingdom floats conflicting statements in a vain and often clumsy attempt to end the quandary.

The GCC "will remain the most important institution for the Gulf States", he said, underlining keenness to spare the GCC the impact of differences among members, particularly in the military side.

Salah Muhammad al-Tubaigy, a former Glasgow University student, is one of 15 people linked to the death of Jamal Khashoggi, a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. I think that's the time for us to be able to find what we have in common and be able to understand each other more."The former UFC Women's Bantamweight Champion also hopes the event will inspire women in Saudi Arabia".

Meanwhile, the Kremlin said Russian Federation believes that the Saudi royals were not involved in the murder.

The German leader said she was prepared to take "appropriate measures together with global partners" following the killing.

On Thursday, Saudi State TV quoted the Saudi public prosecutor as saying the killing had been planned, and that prosecutors were interrogating suspects on the basis of information provided by a joint Saudi-Turkish task force.

In particular the Washington Post, Khashoggi's former employer, has criticised the Saudi response in numerous fiery editorials.

Earlier this week, Mr. Trump called the case "one of the worst cover-ups in the history of cover-ups".

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