Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Turkey wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder

Turkey wants 18 Saudis extradited over Khashoggi murder

The Turkish government has argued it should prosecute the crime because the killing took place in Turkey and consular employees "do not enjoy legal immunity in the case of grave crimes" under the 1963 Vienna Convention on Consular Relations, according to a Turkish official.

A still image taken from a video shows Hatice Cengiz, fiancee of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, during an interview with Turkish broadcaster Haberturk's anchorman Mehmet Akif Ersoy in Istanbul, Turkey.

Saudi officials initially denied having anything to do with Khashoggi's disappearance after he entered the consulate, before announcing that an internal inquiry suggested he was killed by mistake in a botched operation to return him to the kingdom.

It also arrested 18 Saudi nationals in connection to the death of Khashoggi in early October. She said everyone involved, "from the highest to the lowest level", should be punished.

US President Donald Trump has said he wants to get to the bottom of the case, while also highlighting Riyadh's role as an ally against Tehran and Islamist militants, as well as a major purchaser of US arms.

The Turkish president says Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor will arrive in Turkey on Sunday as part of the investigation into the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

Erdogan and Trudeau stressed the need to shed light on the killing and the importance of punishing the culprits, said a source from Turkish presidency, who asked not to be named due to restrictions on speaking to the media.

Turkish officials have said that a Saudi team of 15 men tortured, killed and dismembered the writer and in a premeditated act.

Turkey and Saudi Arabia are not known to have an extradition treaty.

Khashoggi, who lived in the United States, was a critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's de facto ruler.

"We never questioned the wisdom of Oman's Sultan Qaboos to contribute to Israel-Palestine issue and we wish him well in his effort", Sheikh Khalid bin Ahmed said.

On Sunday she told reporters at her party headquarters that "I agree with all those who say when it comes to our already limited arms exports [to Saudi Arabia] that they can not take place in the current situation".

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

In Moscow, the Kremlin said on Friday that Russian Federation has no reason to doubt the statements of the Saudi king and crown prince that the royal family was not involved in the murder.

The U.S. has hoped Saudi Arabia can help counter Tehran's influence in the Middle East.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a United States resident, was killed after entering the consulate to obtain a document that would allow him to remarry.

Turkish authorities are investigating a well at the Saudi consul's residence where it is thought Mr Khashoggi's body was dumped after the killing.

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