Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Saudi Arabia rejects Turkey’s extradition request in Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia rejects Turkey’s extradition request in Khashoggi killing

"Subsequent events show that our warning was ignored", the source said, as quoted by the newspaper on Sunday.

Turkish officials say a "hit squad" of Saudi agents dispatched from the gulf killed Khashoggi in the consulate and dismembered his body before returning to Saudi soil.

Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor has arrived in Istanbul to discuss the killing of Jamal Khashoggi amid a disagreement over where the suspects should stand trial.

Germany, which has pledged to suspend arms exports to Saudi Arabia over the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, yesterday said it expects the European Union to adopt a common position on potential limits to weapons sales.

"The investigation should be concluded as soon as possible", Cavusoglu said.

Khashoggi, 59, an outspoken critic of a critic of Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, had been living in self-imposed exile in the United States since 2017, when Saudi authorities launched a massive crackdown on dissent.

Asked at a news conference in Prague how a Saudi government investigation could get to the bottom of whether the crown prince was involved in ordering the killing, Mattis emphasized that evidence Turkish authorities have gathered would also be taken into account.

Anadolu said the Saudi prosecutor would inspect the Saudi consulate in Istanbul where Khashoggi was killed almost four weeks ago.

Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir called the worldwide outrage over the killing "fairly hysterical" and said that once the Saudi investigation was complete, the suspects would be held accountable "in Saudi Arabia".

"Certainly Turkey with the evidence that they have compiled will ensure that there is more than one review of what is going on there and I am certain the investigation will include the evidence that Turkey has put forward so far", Mattis said. The kingdom later said the Saudi journalist died accidentally in a brawl with Saudi agents.

Under mounting worldwide pressure, the kingdom again changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing, acknowledging in recent days that it was "premeditated", citing information from Turkey as part of a joint investigation.

On Sunday, British Sunday Express weekly, citing "highly-placed" intelligence sources, reported that a "member of the royal circle" of Saudi Arabia had ordered to kidnap the journalist and take him back to the Arab kingdom.

Riyadh's Foreign Minister, whom Mattis had met on Saturday, had reiterated that the suspects would be tried in Saudi Arabia post investigations despite Turkey's wish for extradition.

Turkey has said it shared information regarding the investigation with other countries, including the United States, Germany, France and Russian Federation.

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