Saudi Arabia rejects Turkey call to extradite Khashoggi killers

Evidence indicates Khashoggi killing was premeditated – Saudi attorney general

The kingdom has detained 18 people and dismissed five senior government officials as part of the investigation.

It was only when she realized the consulate had closed for the day that she felt a great feeling of dread and asked the guards where he was.After weeks of insisting that Mr. Khashoggi had left the building alive, Saudi Arabia buckled under pressure from Turkey and acknowledged a week ago that he was killed, though officials insisted that his death had been an accident.

It's unclear whether USA intelligence agrees.

The kingdom, Erdogan added, also must reveal the identity of the "local cooperator" whom Saudi officials earlier said had taken charge of Khashoggi's body from Saudi agents after his killing inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Pro-government Turkish media said that intelligence officers showed Haspel video images and audio tapes of Khashoggi's killing gathered from the consulate. They were only tourists, the news channel, Al Arabiya, said, and had been falsely accused of involvement in the dissident journalist's disappearance.

"Unfortunately there has been this hysteria in the media about Saudi Arabia's guilt before the investigation is completed", he said, in response to questions about the killing.

But US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis, who was also addressing the Manama forum, warned that "the murder of Jamal Khashoggi in a diplomatic facility must concern us all greatly".

"The crime was committed in Istanbul, so if Saudi Arabia fails to continue its legal proceedings, the Turkish justice system will initiate them", he said.

Turkey shares information and evidences regarding the case with those who wants to get detailed information as part of global law, the minister said.

On October 20, Saudi authorities announced that the journalist had been killed while visiting the consulate.

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In a related development, Saudi Crown Prince Mohamad bin Salman on Thursday chaired a meeting of a newly-created committee tasked with restructuring the Saudi intelligence apparatus, according to the SPA. Erdogan said that they must know who killed Khashoggi and repeated his call for the men to be tried in Turkey.

A statement from Saudi Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb attributed the conclusion about a calculated killing - one of the initial findings of a joint Turkish-Saudi investigation - to information from Turkish counterparts.

Turkey is pushing the Saudi government to reveal exactly who ordered the killing, fuelling suspicions that Prince Mohammed was involved even though he condemned it as "heinous" at the Riyadh forum.

Trump has repeatedly said that he wants to get to the bottom of what happened but doesn't want to jeopardize the United States's relationship with Saudi Arabia, and in particular, the major arms purchases by the Saudi armed forces.

Khashoggi and Cengiz had recently furnished an apartment for themselves in Istanbul.

"The people who orchestrated [the killing] are high enough to represent the state and there has been no information so far that they acted in a completely rogue fashion", she said.

Salah Khashoggi, the eldest son of Jamal Khashoggi, arrived in the U.S. Thursday after departing Saudi Arabia, one person close to the family said.

His departure came after he was photographed with Prince Mohammed during a condolence visit.

"I reiterate USA support for our partners' right to defend themselves against Iranian-supplied Houthi attacks on their sovereign territory, and at the same time, call for an urgent end to the fighting", he said.

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