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Saudis held 3 court sessions on ‘heinous’ Khashoggi killing

16 March 2019
Saudis held 3 court sessions on ‘heinous’ Khashoggi killing

The Red Notice was issued on March 1 upon Turkey's request, local NTV channel quoted Turkish Justice Ministry officials as saying.

The public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of them.

The International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) has issued red notices to locate and provisionally arrest 20 nationals of Saudi Arabia, who are believed to be linked to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, the NTV broadcaster reported on Thursday.

SAUDI Arabia today reiterated its rejection of calls for an worldwide, independent investigation into the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, insisting it was well equipped to bring the perpetrators to justice.

Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor and critic of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on October 2.

Aiban said that there had so far been three hearings, and that the accused and their lawyers had been present. While he provided no names or details about the men who have been charged, he assured the 47-member council that Saudi Arabia is adhering to its own constitutional principles as well as global law.

Bandar Al-Aiban says that any calls to "internationalise" the investigation "amount to an interference in our domestic affairs". To date, the ongoing trial of 11 individuals for the murder has lacked transparency.

"We would like to assume that Mr. Al Aiban's remarks reflected his personal views rather than the official position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - our friend and kin", the communications director said.

"We find it hard to understand why an official working in the area of human rights would possibly be unsettled by efforts to shed light on all aspects of the Khashoggi murder, which received a global response", Altun said in a statement. More than a month after his death, the Central Intelligence Agency concluded Salman ordered Khashoggi's death.

On the United Nations recommendations on human rights, Al-Aiban said Riyadh was in the process of studying them but that some of them contradicted Saudi regulations. As a member of this Council, Saudi Arabia has an obligation to cooperate with Council mechanisms.