Saudi Arabia’s public prosecutor arrived in Istanbul overnight to have talks with Istanbul’s chief prosecutor, Turkey’s state-run Anadolu Agency reported on Monday.
The Saudi official who is heading the investigation into Jamal Khashoggi’s murder is also expected to search the Saudi Consulate where Khashoggi had allegedly been slain.
On Friday, Anadolu said that Turkey’s chief prosecutor had requested the extradition of 18 Saudi suspects in the killing of Jamal Khashoggi, saying that they would face charges of murder.
In response, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel Jubeir announced that the perpetrators would be investigated and face trial within the kingdom.
Jamal Khashoggi, a Washington Post contributor known for his criticism of Saudi policies, was last seen walking into the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul on October 2.
Following weeks of denial, Riyadh admitted on October 19 that the journalist had been killed in an altercation inside the consulate, stating, however, that it had been a rogue operation carried out by agents who had exceeded their authority.
Riyadh earlier noted that 18 suspects had been arrested over their involvement in the incident. On Thursday, the Saudi prosecutor-general announced that, according to the interrogated suspects, Khashoggi’s killing had been premeditated.