Turkish prosecutor seeks arrests of two Saudis over Khashoggi

Jamal Khashoggi

Istanbul’s chief prosecutors office has filed arrest warrants for Saudi officials believed to be involved in the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

The prosecutor’s office believes there is “strong suspicion” that Ahmed al-Asiri and Saud al-Qahtani were among the planners of the murder, which took place shortly after Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

A senior Turkish official told Reuters news agency that the move reflects the view that Saudi authorities will not take formal action against the al-Asiri and al-Qahtani, both close allies of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.

The official added that Saudi Arabia could address international concern by extraditing all suspects in the killing to Turkey.

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