US asks Saudi Arabia for transparent investigation in Jamal Khashoggi killing


ISTANBUL: Saudi Arabia’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday visited the consulate in Istanbul where journalist Jamal Khashoggi was murdered, according to an AFP journalist at the scene. The head of the Saudi investigation, Attorney General Sheikh Saud al-Mojeb, visited the consulate after meeting for the second time with Istanbul chief prosecutor Irfan Fidan.

Meanwhile, US Defence Secretary James Mattis met Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir and called for a transparent investigation into Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi’s death while condemning the incident.

“We discussed it. You know the same thing we talked about, the need for transparency, full and complete investigation,” Mattis said while mentioning that the leaders had met at a conference in Bahrain on Saturday.

Speaking to traveling reporters, Mattis further said, “(There was) full agreement from foreign minister Jubeir, no reservations at all, he said we need to know what happened and it was very collaborative, in agreement,” according to Al Jazeera.

Meanwhile, Saudi Arabia’s Attorney General Saud al-Mojeb, who had confirmed Khashoggi’s death, is traveling to Turkey to hold talks with investigators working on the slain journalist’s case.

His visit comes as Turkey demands the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects who have been arrested by the kingdom in relation to the Khashoggi incident. Riyadh’s Foreign Minister, whom Mattis had met on Saturday, had reiterated that the suspects would be tried in Saudi Arabia post investigations despite Turkey’s wish for extradition.

Trial in Saudi Arabia

Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir has asserted that the killers of slain journalist Jamal Khashoggi will be prosecuted in the kingdom country, adding that Saudi law enforcement will continue to work with their Turkish counterparts in investigating the senior scribe’s murder.

Lambasting at the global outcry over Khashoggi’s mysterious death, Jubeir called the issue as “hysterical”, underlining that all probes being conducted will take time as the facts have to be properly investigated.

“The issue has become fairly hysterical,” he said, adding that the Saudi government has made it “very clear that those responsible will be held responsible”, Al Jazeera reported.

The Saudi foreign minister’s comments came after Turkey called for the extradition of 18 men suspected of murdering Khashoggi.

US Defense Secretary James Mattis said that the Saudi journalist’s killing “undermines regional stability” and Washington will continue to pursue further action in regard to the case.

On Friday, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked Saudi Arabia to disclose Khashoggi’s body and demanded the extradition of the 18 suspects involved in his murder.