Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Markets | By Erika Turner

Saudi and Turkish prosecutors meet over Khashoggi investigation

Saudi and Turkish prosecutors meet over Khashoggi investigation

"Unfortunately, there has been this hysteria in the media before the investigation was complete", he said during a panel at the Manama Dialogue, which was organised by the International Institute for Strategic Studies in Manama, the capital of Bahrain.

Turkey is seeking the extradition of the Saudi suspects detained for the killing in the Saudi Consulate, which happened after Khashoggi entered the building on October 2.

Turkish officials have said that the agents dismembered Khashoggi with a bone saw in order to dispose of the body, as part of a premeditated assassination.

He was a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the de facto Saudi ruler, who has purged rivals and consolidated power.

Saudi authorities have arrested 18 men over the murder and Mr Erdogan has requested they be extradited for trial in Turkey.

But the administration wants to see Saudi Arabia resolve the Qatar crisis and take similar steps toward its widely criticized war in Yemen, according to one USA official who, like the other people cited in this story, asked not to be identified.

"If Khashoggi did, in fact, have proof that Saudi Arabia was deliberately misusing phosphorous for this objective, it would be highly embarrassing for the regime and provides the nearest motive yet as to why Riyadh may have acted when they did against him", he said.

Also on Monday, White House spokesperson Sarah Sanders said President Donald Trump's administration is considering possible actions in response to the killing.

The United States relies heavily on Saudi Arabia to counter Iran's influence in the region and to defend the security of Israel. "In such circumstances, the Saudi Arabian authorities are responsible for this".

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Trump and other Republicans have likened Democrats to an "angry mob", citing protests at the confirmation hearing of U.S. They said investigators searching for more suspicious parcels had not found any during the previous eight hours.

Saudi Arabia's government initially denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's disappearance, saying he had left the consulate in Istanbul.

"President Trump should help reveal the truth and ensure justice be served".

"Even Qatar, despite our differences with them, has a very strong economy and will be very different" in the next five years, the prince said at an investment summit in the Saudi capital as he explained his vision for the Middle East's place in the world.

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has expressed scepticism about Saudi's changing explanations of the killing and has called on the kingdom to hold to account all those responsible, no matter how highly placed.

On Thursday, the Saudi prosecutor general acknowledged that the journalist's murder had been orchestrated in advance.

When asked why MI6 did not alert its intelligence partner the USA, the source said "a decision was taken that we'd done what we could".

The Washington Post reported in 2016 on the use by Saudi Arabia of US -supplied white phosphurus so it's not clear just what Khashoggi would have been exposing if he, indeed, was about to obtain documentary evidence. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, who is chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee.

"I and my government would like all those responsible, from the person who gave this order to those who carried it out, to be brought to justice and punished under global law", she said.

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