Saudi refuses to extradite Khashoggi slay suspects

Gina Haspel

Turkish police have been investigating the case, and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has said 18 people arrested in Saudi Arabia over the killing should be sent to Turkey to face the trial.

Callamard said she had concluded that the Saudi government officials who orchestrated Khashoggi's killing were high enough in position to represent the state and that she had no information that they had acted in a completely rogue fashion.

Khashoggi, a self-exiled, opposition Saudi journalist, was last seen on October 2 entering Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul.

Saudi officials have also said he was accidentally killed in a botched security operation to return him to the kingdom.

US and foreign officials say such an operation - involving a team of Saudi agents - was unlikely to have taken place without the knowledge of the kingdom's leaders, including ambitious Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. But he noted that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo revoked visas of Saudis implicated in the killing of the Washington Post writer, and he said additional measures will be taken.

On Thursday, CIA Director Gina Haspel briefed US President Donald Trump on the latest developments in the investigation after a fact-finding mission to Turkey.

Saudi prosecutors said Thursday that Turkish evidence indicates that the killing was premeditated.

The State Department deputy spokesman Robert Palladino said that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had pressured the Saudi government for Salah's return to the USA, as he holds dual citizenship.

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The foreign minister of Saudi Arabia has characterized the global outrage in response to the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as "fairly hysterical".

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".

Hatice Cengiz, a Turkish national, made the comments in an emotional interview with broadcaster Haberturk on Friday, her first TV appearance since Khashoggi's killing inside the kingdom's consulate in Istanbul more than three weeks sgo.

"My demand is that 18 people be tried in Istanbul", Erdogan said in an address to lawmakers from his ruling party at parliament in Ankara on Tuesday.

One week after the Saudis admitted culpability for his death, the U.S.is weighing further action against its partner, despite its importance to the Trump administration's foreign policy.

"If I knew something like this would happen", she said.

In a statement, Turkish Justice Ministry said on October 26 that Istanbul prosecutors have prepared a requisition for 18 suspects on charges of planned and deliberate murder with monstrosity and torture.

"The case of journalist Khashoggi is, of course, something incredible, I told the Saudi king yesterday in our telephone conversation", Merkel said at a press conference with Czech prime minister Andrej Babis.

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