Turkey seeks arrest of two Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Turkish prosecutor has requested that capture warrants be issued against two Saudi citizens close to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's murder, a Turkish source near the investigation said on Wednesday. 

Jamal Khashoggi was killed shortly after entering the Saudi office in Istanbul on October 2 to obtain paperwork for his upcoming marriage.


The chief prosecutor's office in Istanbul recorded an application Tuesday to get the warrants for Ahmad Al Assiri and Saud Al Qahtani, depicted in court archives as being "among the planners" of the killer of the Khashoggi. 

Assiri regularly sat in amid Prince Mohammed's closed-door gatherings with visiting foreign dignitaries and Qahtani was a key instructor to the crown prince. Both were sacked after Riyadh conceded Khashoggi was murder in the Saudi consulate.

As per Turkey, a member of 15 Saudi group was sent to Istanbul for murder Khashoggi.

The order  to murder Jamal Khashoggi originated from the largest levels of the Saudi government, however has demanded it was not King Salman, says Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Riyadh has since kept 21 individuals over the kill. Regardless of hypothesis that the powerful crown prince arranged the hit, the kingdom has strongly denied  he was included.  In any case, two key US Republican representatives said a Tuesday instructions by the CIA's director just reinforced their conviction that Prince Mohammed directed the homicide. 

Istanbul prosecutor responsible for the examination said in late October that the Saudi previous insider turned critic was choked then his body was cut into pieces, remaining parts of Jamal Khashoggi's body have not been found. 

There has been speculation in star government media that his body was broken down in acid.

A senior Turkish authority Wednesday said the investigator's turn "mirrors the view that the Saudi specialists won't make formal move against those people". 

The official, who did not wish to be named, indicated the way that the wording of the examiner's demand recommended that the present rundown wasn't really comprehensive, seeming to show that more capture warrants could be looked for. 

Amid criticism from Ankara over Saudi Arabia'slack of cooperation with the Turkish examination, the authority said Riyadh could "address those worries" over its commitment to probing the murder by extraditing all the suspects to Turkey.

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