Published: Fri, March 15, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Turkey Says Interpol Issued Red Notices Over Khashoggi Murder

Turkey Says Interpol Issued Red Notices Over Khashoggi Murder

Saudi Arabia must name the defendants on trial for murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi and disclose all the charges against them, Turkey's Presidential Communications Director Fahrettin Altun said in a statement Thursday.

Expressing Turkey's deep concerns about Bandar bin Mohammed Al Aiban's objection to an worldwide probe, Altun said they couldn't understand why a human rights official would refuse and be unsettled by efforts to bring the circumstances surrounding Khashoggi's death to light, especially after a united global call.

The UN has repeatedly called on Saudi Arabia to cooperate with an UN-led investigation into Khashoggi's murder, but the kingdom has refused, calling it an internal matter.

The kingdom, he said, will not accept calls to "internationalize" the legal proceedings, which would be perceived as foreign interference with domestic affairs.

Aiban insisted that his country was "horrified by what has happened pursuant to this unfortunate accident".

After countries around the world, including every European Union member nation, encouraged Saudi Arabia to cooperate with an global investigation into the Washington Post journalist's death, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban responded Thursday, saying his country already took care of everything.

The suspects, he said, "were entitled to a fair trial. and none of their human rights have been violated, and they have been subjected to no form of torture or cruel and inhuman treatment".

Aiban said the case against the suspects is ongoing and so far, they have appeared in court for three hearings with their lawyers present.

The State Department noted that in the past, Saudi Arabia did not punish officials accused of committing human rights abuses.

Khashoggi's death sparked worldwide outrage and focused a global spotlight on the crown prince. More than a month after his death, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded Salman ordered Khashoggi's death.

Saudi Arabian officials initially denied Khashoggi was killed, then they claimed he died in a brawl and eventually admitted the killing was premeditated. Whereas the United Nations and USA intelligence agencies have implicated Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman in the murder, the US' report Thursday stopped shy of accusing their long-time ally's leadership.

Al Jazeera's Neave Barker reports from Geneva.

The notice, issued on Thursday at the request of the Turkish government, names Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to bin Salman, as well as the country's ex-deputy army chief, Ahmed al-Assiri.

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