Saudi Arabia’s refusal to extradite suspects in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi is very disappointing and the world should seek justice for his case under international law, the director of communications at the Turkish presidency told Reuters on Dec. 10.
Since Turkey had seen little evidence that Saudiprosecutors will shed light on the Oct. 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, “it will be in the best interest of the international community to seek justice for the late Saudi journalist under international law”, Fahrettin Altun said.
“We don’t extradite our citizens,” Jubeir has said in the 39th Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) news conference on Dec. 9 when he was asked about Turkey’s request.
After weeks of denying any involvement in the crime, Riyadh finally admitted that Khashoggi had been killed inside the consulate but claimed the Saudi royal family had no prior knowledge about any murder plot.
The Istanbul Chief Prosecutor’s Office filed an application Dec. 5 to obtain arrest warrants for Ahmad al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani, described in court documents as being “among the planners” of the murder of the Washington Post contributor.
Assiri and Qahtani were reportedly suspended from their duties but they do not face criminal charges.