The case of Jamal Khashoggi is still making international headlines, putting pressure on Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman.
Rabat – International news outlets reported today that a Turkish prosecutor has ordered that an arrest warrant be issued against two Saudis close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.
On Wednesday, a Turkish source close to the investigation dossier said that the prosecutor’s office filed a request to obtain the warrants for Saudi nationals Ahmad al Assiri and Saud al Qahtani, two allies of MBS.
Former media advisor to the royal court Al Qahtani and former deputy chief of Saudi intelligence General al-Assiri were removed from office on October 20 after the murder of Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.
The prosecutor’s office in Istanbul believes that “there is strong suspicion” that the two sacked officials were involved in the planning the murder.
On Tuesday, two US key senators concluded that Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.
Richard C. Shelby, a republican senator, also commented on bin Salman’s involvement, stating that “all evidence points to that, that all this leads back to the crown prince,” adding that “This is conduct that none of us in America would approve of in any way.”
US President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense, James Mattis and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo have all been defending Saudi Arabia, claiming there is no “smoking gun” linking bin Salman to the murder.