Saudis reject extraditing suspects to Turkey in Khashoggi murder

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"We don't extradite our citizens", Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said when asked about the arrest warrants.

Saudi Arabia's foreign minister Adel al-Jubeir on Sunday rejected demands to extradite suspects connected to the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi as sought by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Speaking at a conference in Geneva on December 5, she had said: "I do believe it is really needed in terms of ensuring what really happened and who are the (people) responsible for that terrible killing".

Kushner and national security adviser John Bolton had called bin Salman almost a week after Khashoggi went missing from the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey, and amid an investigation into the journalist's disappearance, CNN reported in October.

A Turkish court on Wednesday issued arrest warrants against former Saudi intelligence chief, Ahmad al-Assiri, and former adviser to the royal court, Saud al-Qahtani, at the request of Istanbul's chief prosecutor.

Kushner, 37, also inquired about whether the US could help his contemporary in the succession process before he became crown prince, and bent protocol to give the Saudi leader, 33, unusual White House treatment, the paper reported. "We have not received it in the manner that it should have been received".

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"The relationship between Jared Kushner and Mohammed bin Salman constitutes the foundation of the Trump policy not just toward Saudi Arabia but toward the region", Martin Indyk, a fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations, told The Times.

With the world watching, after initially saying he had left the consulate alive, weeks later the Saudi leadership admitted he was killed there.

According to CNN's source - who recounted Khashoggi's killing at the Saudi's hands from the transcript - the death was hardly incidental to a rogue act gone wrong.

Mr Erdogan says the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government but insists he does not want to damage the Saudi royal family.

The murder has damaged Riyadh's global reputation and Western countries including the United States, France and Canada have placed sanctions on almost 20 Saudi nationals.

Qahtani was one of 17 Saudi officials who were targeted by sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department in mid-November for "his role in preparing the operation" against Mr Khashoggi.

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