The arrest of two Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi murder
According to a report, a Turkish prosecuting attorney calls for two Saudi allies of the Crown Prince to be imprisoned. This Turkish source came out on Wednesday after inquiries on the Khashoggi case were made.
On 2nd October, Jamal Khashoggi, a 59 years old Saudi journalist was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. He went in there to collect some documents regarding his forthcoming wedding but met his death.
Ahmed al-Assiri and Saud al-Qahtani were reported in the court records as being “among the planners” of the assassination of Khashoggi. Therefore, the principal attorney’s office in Istanbul submitted an application on Tuesday to get their arrest permits.
After Riyadh’s confession of Khashoggi’s murder inside the Saudi consulate, both of the accused were laid off. Assiri was a regular attendant of Prince Muhammad’s private meetings with international leaders who visited. Whereas, Qahtani was a vital counselor to the Prince.
As stated by Turkey, 15 Saudi nationals were appointed to kill the journalist. Tayyip Erdogan, the Turkish President claimed that the whole scheme to murder Khashoggi was plotted at the top-echelons of the Saudi government. However, he did not blame the Prince.
Saudia refuses to believe that Muhammad bin Salman ordered the killing, although he has been accused several times. Riyadh has seized 21 people who were allegedly involved.
On the contrary, the CIA’s director held a briefing on Tuesday. Afterward, two major US Republicans were compelled to believe that the Prince was indeed involved in the murder.
The Turkish public attorney asserted at the end of October after examining the case that Khashoggi’s body was mutilated. He was strangled first. Some of his remains have still not been discovered. The pro-government media believes that his body was put into acid.
A Turkish official said it can be figured by the attorney’s decision that Saudi government would not arrest the perpetrators. He further mentioned that the prosecutor’s appeal showed that there could be more arrest warrants demanded in the future.
Ankara criticized Saudi Arabia for not cooperating with the Turkish scrutiny. The official said that Riyadh could deport the suspects to Turkey to help them out and cooperate.