Turkey once again calls for extradition of Khashoggi killers

Following statements of United Nations expert

08 February, 18:36

    ISTANBUL - Turkey is once again calling on Saudi Arabia to extradite the suspected assassins of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, following statements by UN Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on extrajudicial executions.
    The head of presidential communications in Ankara highlighted that "Turkey's conclusions are in line with those" of UN experts.
    Callamard said the killing of Khashoggi, which took place last October at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, was "brutal and premeditated" by Saudi officials.
    "The total lack of transparency on the case is deeply worrying and harmful for the credibility" of Riyadh, said the Ankara spokesperson, Fahrettin Altun.
    He said the eventual extradition would be "proof of the will to serve the cause of justice".
    Until now, however, Saudi Arabia has firmly denied Turkey's request.
    Callamard also denounced the lack of transparency on the part of Riyadh in the Khashoggi case.
    She revealed that on January 31 in Saudi Arabia, unknown to the international community, the second hearing took place in the trial of the 11 defendants accused of involvement in Khashoggi's killing.
    She said she was informed of the hearing by "credible" sources during her visit last week to Turkey.
    The lack of transparency with regard to the trial strengthens international perplexity on the credibility of the Saudi justice system, she said.

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