Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Turkey's president requests extradition of suspects in Khashoggi killing

Turkey's president requests extradition of suspects in Khashoggi killing

Saudi Arabia admitted on Friday via state television that the journalist had been killed in a fight inside the consulate.

Shortly afterwards, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the USA would "punish those responsible" and had revoked visas of 21 identified suspects.

Saudi Arabia has blamed the killing on "rogue agents".

Speaking to Middle East Eye, Saudi human rights activist and close friend of the late Khashoggi, Yahya Assiri, said the visit was "a serious assault on the family" of the murdered journalist, particularly as authorities continue to bar them from travelling.

"And they should be in big trouble", he concluded.

"We have maintained since the beginning that the Khashoggi murder was premeditated", a senior Turkish official told The Washington Post shortly after the Saudi announcement on Thursday.

Mr Khashoggi went missing when visiting the Saudi consulate in Istanbul three weeks ago.

For Saudi Arabia's allies, the burning question has been whether they believe that Prince Mohammed, who has painted himself as a reformer, has any culpability in the killing, a possibility raised by several USA lawmakers.

CIA Director Gina Haspel is among the intelligence officials who are in Turkey to review the case, according to a U.S. official.

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The hit squad reportedly tortured Khashoggi, cut his fingers off and decapitated him with a bone saw brought from Saudi Arabia for that objective, according to Turkish media.

He was pretty rough on Saudi Arabia, I would say. We're just hurting ourselves, Trump said.

Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said that a man, apparently dressed in the journalist's clothes, acted as a possible decoy by walking out of the Saudi consulate on the day of the disappearance.

Saudi state oil giant Saudi Aramco said it signed deals with 15 global partners worth more than $34bn.

Trump told reporters that Erdogan was pretty tough on Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's announcement came after the US' CIA Director Gina Haspel heard audio recordings purportedly of Khashoggi's interrogation and murder while she was in Turkey.

"We're making very clear that the United States does not tolerate this ruthless action to silence Mr. Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", Pompeo said in a statement Tuesday.

But he also said that does not want the United States to lose investments from Riyadh, a close USA ally.

Trump said he wanted to believe Prince Mohammed when he said that lower-level officials were to blame for the October 2 killing at the Saudi mission.

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