Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Turkey seeks arrest of Saudi crown prince allies over Khashoggi

Khashoggi, a Washington Post columnist who was critical of the kingdom's policies, was killed by Saudi government agents linked to to the crown prince inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul early in October after he went there to retrieve personal documents.

The CIA has determined that Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman was heavily involved in the decision to kill Khashoggi, one of his staunch critics.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet yesterday called for an global investigation.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., said there is "zero chance" the crown prince wasn't involved in Khashoggi's death.

Amid criticism from Ankara over Saudi Arabia's lack of cooperation with the Turkish investigation, the official said Riyadh could "address those concerns" over its commitment to probing the murder by extraditing all the suspects to Turkey.

"He has absolute control in Saudi Arabia", the Florida Republican told CNN's "New Day."

"I think the secretary of defense and secretary of state are in a bad spot because the president has given this bear hug to MBS and to the entire Saudi regime so they are bound to carry out his weird policy", Murphy said, using an acronym for the crown prince.

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, center, meets with Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, not pictured, at the Pentagon in Washington, March 22, 2018.

Prince Mohammed "is a wrecking ball", Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from SC, told reporters after an hour-long briefing by the CIA Director, Gina Haspel on Tuesday.

Trump and his secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, have tried to assert that there is no way of knowing whether or not Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS) played a role in the journalist's brutal murder, but his party members have dissented following a classified Tuesday briefing from CIA Director Gina Haspel.

"I talked directly to the prince in Buenos Aires, telling him that we need better answers on what happened to Khashoggi and who is responsible for it", he said.

"Let me just put it this way: I think if he was in front of a jury, he would have a unanimous verdict in about 30 minutes".

On Thursday, a bipartisan group of senators met on Capitol Hill to reach an agreement on how to target Saudi Arabia and its young leader in response to the murder, as well as the kingdom's controversial war in Yemen.

Riyadh has since detained 21 people over the murder.

TRT World's Yasin Eken has more from outside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. "I can foresee a circumstance where a bunch of amendments might be voted down and at some point, [Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's] got to move to a vote on the underlying resolution", Murphy said. Bob Menendez, the top Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. "It's not based on friendship as much as it's based on common interests, combating extremism in the Middle East and countering the Iranian threat", said Senator John Cornyn, the chamber's No. 2 Republican. "We have to figure out a way to condemn the butchery and the murder in the strongest possible terms without blowing up the Middle East", Kennedy said.

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