Tur­key seeks ar­rest of Saudi sus­pects

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Is­tan­bul, Tur­key - A Turk­ish court has is­sued ar­rest war­rants for two sus­pects close to Saudi Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man over the mur­der of jour­nal­ist Ja­mal Khashoggi, rais­ing pres­sure on the king­dom’s de facto leader af­ter two US se­na­tors ac­cused him of or­der­ing the hit.

Saudi Ara­bia has sought to dis­tance Prince Mo­hammed from the mur­der and has re­ceived sup­port from the ad­min­is­tra­tion of US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump, which has down­played pos­si­ble links be­tween the crown prince and what hap­pened to Khashoggi.

But two key se­na­tors from Trump’s own Repub­li­can party said on Tues­day that a brief­ing by the CIA’s di­rec­tor had strength­ened their con­vic­tion that Prince Mo­hammed di­rected the mur­der.

Khashoggi, a Saudi con­trib­u­tor to the Wash­ing­ton Post, was killed shortly af­ter en­ter­ing the Saudi con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oc­to­ber 2 to ob­tain pa­per­work for his up­com­ing mar­riage.

The chief prose­cu­tor’s of­fice in Is­tan­bul filed an ap­pli­ca­tion on Tues­day to ob­tain the war­rants for Ah­mad al As­siri and Saud al Qah­tani, de­scribed in court doc­u­ments as be­ing ‘ among the plan­ners’ of Khashoggi’s grisly killing.

Ja­mal Khashoggi

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