Saudis reject extraditing suspects to Turkey in Khashoggi murder

RIYADH: Saudi Arabia’s overseas minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday rejected calls for to extradite suspects related to the homicide of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as sought by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

“We don’t extradite our residents,” Adel al-Jubeir informed a information convention in Riyadh on the finish of a summit of Gulf Cooperation Council states.

Erdogan has repeatedly referred to as on Saudi Arabia handy over suspects within the killing of the dissident journalist.

Khashoggi, a Saudi contributor to the Washington Put up, was killed shortly after getting into the dominion’s consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

A Turkish court docket on Wednesday issued arrest warrants for former Saudi intelligence chief Ahmad al-Assiri and former adviser to the royal court docket Saud al-Qahtani, on the request of Istanbul’s chief prosecutor.

Assiri typically sat in throughout Crown Prince Mohammed’s closed-door conferences with visiting overseas dignitaries and Qahtani was a key counsellor to the crown prince.

Each have been sacked after Riyadh admitted Khashoggi was killed in its consulate.

“The Turkish authorities haven’t been as forthcoming as we consider they need to have been,” stated Jubeir, saying Riyadh was offered with data that had already been leaked to the media.

“We’ve requested our buddies in Turkey to offer us with proof that we will use in a court docket of legislation. We’ve not acquired it within the method that it ought to have been acquired.”

In line with Turkey, a 15-member Saudi workforce was despatched to Istanbul to kill Khashoggi.

Erdogan has stated the order to kill Khashoggi got here from the very best ranges of the Saudi authorities, however has insisted it was not King Salman.

The Turkish chief insisted final weekend throughout a visit to South America that Riyadh hand over the suspects, however stated the dominion was not cooperating.

Riyadh has since detained 21 folks over the homicide.

Regardless of hypothesis that the highly effective crown prince ordered the hit, the dominion has strongly denied he was concerned.

The homicide has broken Riyadh’s worldwide repute and Western nations together with the US, France and Canada have positioned sanctions on practically 20 Saudi nationals.

Qahtani was amongst 17 Saudi officers focused by sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Division in mid-November for “his position in making ready for the operation” in opposition to the journalist.

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