Tur­key calls for ar­rest of prince’s aides in killing

The Herald Sun - - Stay Connected - BY CAR­LOTTA GALL New York Times

Is­tan­bul’s top pros­e­cu­tor on Wed­nes­day filed ar­rest war­rants for two se­nior Saudi of­fi­cials who are close to the Saudi crown prince, ac­cus­ing them of mas­ter­mind­ing the killing of the dis­si­dent Ja­mal Khashoggi, ac­cord­ing to a se­nior Turk­ish of­fi­cial fa­mil­iar with the in­ves­ti­ga­tion and state-run me­dia.

The two Saudis, Maj. Gen. Ah­mad al-As­siri and Saud el-Qah­tani, are both close aides of Crown Prince Mo­hammed bin Sal­man, the de facto ruler of the king­dom and des­ig­nated heir to the throne, and Western and Turk­ish of­fi­cials have said that Khashoggi’s killing could not have been con­ducted with­out the crown prince’s knowl­edge and ap­proval.

Khashoggi, a Saudi ci­ti­zen who lived in the United States and wrote opin­ion col­umns for the Wash­ing­ton Post, was killed and his body dis­mem­bered in­side the Saudi Con­sulate in Is­tan­bul on Oct. 2. The killing has prompted in­ter­na­tional out­rage over the king­dom’s tac­tics.

The Turk­ish of­fi­cial, speak­ing on con­di­tion of anonymity ac­cord­ing to the pro­to­col of his of­fice, said the ar­rest war­rants were filed af­ter Tur­key con­cluded that the Saudis would not take any for­mal ac­tion against the men.

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