Published: Mon, October 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Turkey prepares extradition request for 18 Saudi suspects

Turkey prepares extradition request for 18 Saudi suspects

For his part, Saudi Arabia's top diplomat says the global outcry over the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has become "hysterical", while vowing that the kingdom is determined to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Turkey has other "information and evidence" about the killing by Saudi officials after Khashoggi entered the consulate on October 2, and it will eventually reveal that information, Erdogan said without elaborating.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister has described the kingdom as a "vision of light" in the region as it tries to control the fallout from Jamal Khashoggi's killing - its biggest diplomatic crisis since the 9/11 attacks.

He continued that the failure of any nation to adhere to worldwide norms and the rule of law undermines regional stability at a time when it is needed the most, falling short of taking aim at the Crown Prince Mohamed bin Salman. We know that a mistake was committed.

The journalist's body has still not been found, and Saudi Arabia's public prosecutor is now saying that Khashoggi's murder was "premeditated".

Saudi Arabia's Foreign Minister Adel al Jubeir said on Saturday that those behind the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be prosecuted in the kingdom and that the investigation would take time.

He also assumed Saudi authorities would not give him problems or arrest him in Turkey, she said. He said Saudi Arabia was combating Iran's vision of "darkness" in the Middle East.

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Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, speaking during a radio interview Friday with Hugh Hewitt, said that "Saudi prosecutors yesterday made clear that this was a premeditated murder that took place, and we're continuing to learn the facts".

In an interview with Turkish broadcaster Haberturk that aired Friday, Cengiz said Khashoggi was treated well during an earlier trip to the consulate on September 28.

Erdogan on Friday called on Riyadh to reveal who ordered the killing and the whereabouts of Khashoggi's body.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist and a critic of Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, disappeared after entering the consulate to obtain paperwork necessary for his upcoming marriage to Cengiz, a Turkish national. "What we say to people is wait until everything is done" then decide if the investigation was serious or not.

After first insisting Khashoggi left the consulate unharmed, Saudi authorities said he was killed in an argument that degenerated into a brawl.

It's unclear whether USA intelligence agrees. The State Department declined to comment on his departure, but an official previously told ABC News, "The Secretary has raised the safety and security of the Khashoggi family members with the Saudi leadership".

During the vigil, a friend of Khashoggi and advisor to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Yasin Aktay, said that "no one can sweep this affair under the rug".

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