Saudi Arabia to prosecute Jamal Khashoggi killers

Saudi Arabia to prosecute Jamal Khashoggi killers

Saudi Arabia to prosecute Jamal Khashoggi killers

Dozens of people held a vigil on Thursday night outside Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was killed.

But the body of Khashoggi remains missing. "You should show us the body", he said.

In its statement Thursday, Riyadh said it had learned from Turkish officials that the suspects in Khashoggi's killing had "committed their act with a premeditated intention". But even after the meeting, USA officials made clear they needed additional information before taking further punitive action. Saudi Arabia had a diplomatic dispute with Canada this summer over the Saudi arrest of women's rights activists.

"Unfortunately, there has been this hysteria in the media about Saudi Arabia's guilt before the investigation is completed", he said.

Saudi officials said earlier this week that Khashoggi's body had been rolled into a carpet and given to a "local collaborator", but Turkish authorities say it was dismembered in a grisly operation involving a bone saw and large suitcases. Later in the day, the semiofficial Anadolu news agency reported that Turkish prosecutors were set to "demand" the extradition of those suspects.

"It would be best for the reputation of our Saudi friends that the court proceedings take place in Turkey", said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the government's internal deliberations.

"I greatly admire those who, even before they know anything, say "We won't sell any more weapons"!", the French leader said in an apparent reference to Germany.

The remark was interpreted as a rare veiled criticism of France's closest European ally after German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a freeze on arms sales to Riyadh over the dissident's murder inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

After the journalist disappeared, Saudi Arabia initially insisted Khashoggi had walked out of the consulate after visiting the building on October 2.

In his first public comments on the case on Wednesday, Saudi Arabia's powerful Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman denounced the "repulsive" murder and pledged that "justice will prevail". "They're detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia", Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir told a regional defence forum in Bahrain.

Trump has repeatedly said that he wants to get to the bottom of what happened but doesn't want to jeopardize the United States's relationship with Saudi Arabia, and in particular, the major arms purchases by the Saudi armed forces. A confrontation erupted when Mr. Khashoggi saw his captors, the official said: The men stopped him from fleeing, punches were thrown, Mr. Khashoggi screamed and one of the men put him in a chokehold, strangling him to death.

Khashoggi and Cengiz had recently furnished an apartment for themselves in Istanbul.

Meantime, the son of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi has left Saudi Arabia after the kingdom revoked a travel ban and allowed him to come to the United States. "We know that people exceeded their authority and we know that we're investigating them", he said.

His departure came after he was photographed with Prince Mohammed during a condolence visit.

She also called on Saudi Arabia to help end the devastating humanitarian crisis in Yemen, which Riyadh has been pummelling with air strikes since 2015.

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