Istanbul prosecutor seeks arrest of Saudi officials over Khashoggi killing

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Istanbul's chief prosecutor has filed warrants for the arrest of a top aide to Saudi Arabia's de facto ruler and the deputy head of its foreign intelligence on suspicion of planning the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, two Turkish officials said on Wednesday. The United Nations human rights chief on Wednesday called for an global investigation to determine who was responsible for the murder of the Saudi journalist in Istanbul two months ago.

Us senators after a meeting with the CIA Director stated that the evidence directly indicate the involvement of the Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman to the murder of opposition Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, and called for sanctions.

"The worldwide community seems to doubt Saudi Arabia's commitment to prosecute this heinous crime", the official said, adding that by extraditing all suspects to Turkey, "Saudi authorities could address those concerns".

Erdogan has said the order for Khashoggi's killing probably did not come from King Salman, putting the spotlight instead on Salman's heir and de facto ruler Prince Mohammed.

While acknowledging the country's long relationship with Saudi Arabia, senators have said the murder can't be excused.

A 15-man Saudi team was sent to Turkey to kill the Washington Post columnist, Middle East Eye previously reported, and his murder took seven minutes.

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Secondly, Congress could impose sanctions against the MBS and other members of the Saudi government who are implicated in the murder of Khashoggi, though the Treasury Department (operating under the president's authority) would actually implement and execute any such sanctions, he added.

Khashoggi, a U.S. resident since 2017, was killed during his visit to the consulate to obtain marriage-related paperwork on October 2.

Following a private Central Intelligence Agency briefing on Tuesday, republican senator Lindsey Graham said he had "high confidence" the Saudi leader had a role in the murder and added "you have to be wilfully blind" to disagree.

"I can not support arms sales to Saudi Arabia as long as he's in charge of this country", Graham told reporters. Secretary of Defense James Mattis was emphatic last week, telling reporters, "We have no smoking gun that the Crown Prince was involved". Finally, Saudi Arabia accepted late last month that the killing was premeditated.

Despite the investigation into the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul still being ongoing, some filmmakers have already decided to make documentaries about it.

Under mounting pressure from lawmakers who wanted action against Riyadh, Mattis and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told senators there was no direct evidence linking the crown prince to the murder.

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