Riyadh rules out extraditing suspects in Khashoggi case

Riyadh rules out extraditing suspects in Khashoggi case

Saudi Arabia will not extradite its citizens suspected in the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Saudi Arabia’s foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir said at a news conference at a Gulf Arab summit in Riyadh

"We don’t extradite our citizens," al-Jubeir said after Istanbul’s chief prosecutor filed warrants for the arrest of two former senior Saudi officials.

The Saudi public prosecutor has said the order to repatriate Khashoggi came from Asiri and that a travel ban has been imposed on Qahtani. Jubeir declined to confirm or deny whether the men were currently detained, referring the question to the Saudi public prosecutor, Reuters reported.

Turkish officials said last week that the prosecutor’s office had concluded there was “strong suspicion” that Saud al-Qahtani, a top aide to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, and General Ahmed al-Asiri, who served as deputy head of foreign intelligence, were among the planners of Khashoggi’s October 2 killing at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

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