Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Khashoggi murder

A red notice was issued for 20 suspects related to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi last fall in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul, Turkey's justice ministry said Thursday.

The head of its Human Right's Commission made a statement at a United Nations human rights conference in Geneva without giving any details.

Bandar Al-Aiban, who heads Saudi Arabia s human rights commission, stressed though that any calls to "internationalise" the investigation "amount to an interference in our domestic affairs".

The Red Notice was reportedly issued for the former Saudi Deputy Intelligence Chief Ahmed al Asiri, and Saud al Qahtani, an advisor to Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman.

"We urge Saudi Arabia to tell the world which individuals are now on trial on what charge (s)", Altun said, to lay to rest any doubts that may arise about the "sincerity" of the judicial proceedings in the kingdom.

Three dozen Western countries, including all 28 European Union members, called on Saudi Arabia last week to co-operate with a UN-led investigation.

The public prosecutor is seeking the death penalty for five of them.

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Khashoggi was killed and dismembered by a group of Saudi operatives shortly after he entered the consulate October 2.

He insisted that his country was "horrified by what has happened pursuant to this unfortunate accident".

Riyadh "categorically rejects any talk about the internationalization of the Khashoggi case", he said.

Mr al Aiban also said the case of the detained women's rights activists was based in law and was not an attack on human rights.

Aiban said that there had so far been three hearings, and that the accused and their lawyers had been present. Turkey said Saudi authorities should disclose the names of defendants and the charges they face if it wanted to avoid questions over the "sincerity of judicial proceedings in the kingdom".

He added that any demands by foreign countries or bodies to launch an worldwide investigation would be "tantamount to the global community doubting the integrity of our judicial apparatus".

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