Khashoggi: Saudi Arabia to try suspects, foreign minister says

29 October, 2018, 18:34 | Author: Sue Mclaughlin
  • Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman meets relatives of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in a handout

Slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi assumed authorities would not give him problems or arrest him in Turkey, though he was concerned tensions would arise when he visited the consulate in Istanbul, his fiancee said on Friday.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has reiterated his country's call for Riyadh to disclose who ordered the killing of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul and what has happened to his body.

The Saudi disclosure came after Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel heard an audio recording of the killing during a fact-finding visit to Turkey this week.

On Thursday, Saudi prosecutors said Khashoggi's killing was premeditated, citing Turkish evidence and changing the country's account again to try to ease global outrage over the slaying of a prominent critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

A senior Turkish official said that Turkey was requesting the extradition because Khashoggi was murdered by Saudis who traveled to Turkey, and because it was "clear that the judicial system in Turkey is better equipped to genuinely serve the cause of justice in this case".

Khashoggi had been an outspoken critic of the crown prince, the de facto Saudi ruler.

Meanwhile, Jubeir said: "We tried not to let differences with Qatar affect the GCC ..."

U.S. CIA Director Gina Haspel heard the audio during a visit to Turkey this week, sources told Reuters, and has briefed Trump about Turkey's findings and her discussions.

However, Saudi Arabia changed its story once again on Thursday, noting that it was a "premediated" murder by Saudi operatives, after receiving new information from Turkish investigators.

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Saudi Arabia originally said Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate 2 October, before offering various other narratives that President Donald Trump called "one of the worst in the history of cover-ups".

Ms Cengiz said she had not received any condolence call from Saudi officials after the death of Khashoggi, who left Saudi Arabia for self-imposed exile in the USA a year ago.

In this January 29, 2011 file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

"You need to show this body", Erdogan said.

Though Mattis made blunt remarks about the incident involving U.S. resident, he said the killing would not diminish ties with Oil-rich Saudi Arabia.

Hatice Cengiz made the comments on Turkish television on Friday in her first interview since Khashoggi's death.

And he made clear that the US commitment to the region outpaces any presence by Russian Federation, which he said lacks essential moral principles.

"This issue has become fairly hysterical", Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said.

In a statement, Turkish Justice Ministry said on October 26 that Istanbul prosecutors have prepared a requisition for 18 suspects on charges of planned and deliberate murder with monstrosity and torture.

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