Saudis reject Turkish demand to extradite suspects in Khashoggi’s death

Adjust Comment Print

Riyadh later updated its version of events to say that evidence from Turkish investigators indicated that the killing had been premeditated, but maintained that his body had been wrapped in a rug and disposed of by an unnamed "local collaborator".

The primary actor for instability in the Middle East over the past 50 years has been Iran and the behaviour and actions of the Iranian state ever since, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Al Jubeir said on Saturday as he opened his speech at the Manama Dialogue in Bahrain.

Al-Jubeir said that critics should wait for Saudi Arabia to finish their investigation before blaming anybody. Last month, Germany approved 416 million euros ($470 million) worth of arms exports to Riyadh for 2018, however, Merkel said on Friday that "we need to clarify the background of this disgusting crime and until that, we will not supply weapons to Saudi Arabia".

Hatice Cengiz, who is Turkish, said she would never have planned to marry the journalist had she known it would lead to his death.

Gruesome reports have alleged that he was killed and dismembered by a team sent from Saudi Arabia to silence the Washington Post columnist, who had criticised the kingdom's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.


Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist critical of Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed by Saudi agents at the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul on october 2. The kingdom then asserted that the death was a result of Khashoggi getting into an argument and "fist fight" with Saudi officials that turned violent. The Saudi-US citizen had been barred from leaving Saudi Arabia because of his father's criticism of the country's leadership, but this sanction was recently lifted.

The fiancee of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has called for those responsible for his murder to be brought to justice, adding that she declined an invitation by US President Donald Trump to visit the White House.

"They had a very bad original concept, it was carried out poorly and the cover-up was the worst in the history of cover-ups", he told reporters last week.

"The Kingdom will hold those involved in the case accountable", al-Jubeir said in reply to a question about the Turkish request to extradite the suspects for trial.

"The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has been an ally of the Western countries since the beginning of the third Saudi state in the 1930s".


One asked how Saudi Arabia plans to convince its allies that an operation as complex as Khashoggi's killing could have taken place without the knowledge of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

It has also emerged that security cameras were disabled one hour before Mr Khashoggi entered the building, reported Turkish newspaper Yenisafak.

Body parts of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi have reportedly been found and reveal "grisly detail" of how his face was disfigured.

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.

"We have tried to share the information that we have obtained with the public".


Comments