Khashoggi murder: Saudis refuse Turkey extradition request


Turkey briefs US Senators on Khashoggi killing

Adel al-Jubeir said: "We do not extradite our citizens".

A demonstrator holds a poster with a picture of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate in Istanbul, Turkey October 25, 2018.

Arrest warrants were issued in Turkey for former Saudi intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and former royal adviser Saud al-Qahtani. A Saudi delegation close to the prince visited the U.S. in November 2016 on a fact-finding mission of sorts and later put together a slide presentation.

Earlier, Istanbul's chief prosecutor filed a request for warrants on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, documents seen by TRT World said on Wednesday.

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Initially claiming no involvement, the Saudis later admitted a team of rogue operatives had murdered Khashoggi inside the consulate.

Reviewing documents, emails and messages, the report said bin Salman and his advisers had cultivated the relationship with Kushner for more than two years in a bid to enlist American support for the Saudi prince's hawkish regional policies and consolidation of power. The bottom line is that there is no way that 17 people close to [Prince Mohammed] got a charter plane, flew to a third country, went into a consulate, killed and chopped up a man and flew back, and he didn't know about it, much less order it.

According to the New York Times Saturday, some members of the administration have feared Saudi Arabia was playing the White House senior advisor.

The Saudi public prosecutor has said the order to repatriate Mr Khashoggi came from Mr Asiri and that a travel ban has been imposed on Mr Qahtani.

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Erdogan insisted last weekend during a trip to South America that Riyadh hand over the suspects, but said the kingdom was not cooperating.

"The inner circle is predominantly deal makers who lack familiarity with political customs and deep institutions, and they support Jared Kushner", the Saudi delegation said, describing the incoming Trump administration in a slide presentation obtained by the newspaper Al Akhbar in Lebanon.

Despite speculation that the powerful crown prince ordered the hit, the kingdom has strongly denied he was involved.

The murder has damaged Riyadh's global reputation and Western countries including the United States, France and Canada have placed sanctions on almost 20 Saudi nationals.

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