Turkey prepares extradition request for 18 Saudi suspects

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Saudi Arabia, which had initially said the Washington Post columnist left the consulate alive, came closer Thursday to acknowledging that his murder was premeditated as worldwide pressure piles on the kingdom to hold the culprits to account and help locate his body.

Hatice Cengiz, who is Turkish, was interviewed by Turkish television channel HaberTurk, about the day her fiancé Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi Arabia Consulate and was killed inside.

This image taken on October 23, 2018 shows Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman shaking hands with Jamal Khashoggi's son in Riyadh on October 23, 2018.

In response to the killing, Pompeo this week announced moves against 21 Saudis to either revoke their visas or make them ineligible for USA visas after the Khashoggi killing. Erdogan said in a speech to members of his AK Party in Ankara.

"The reasoning behind the extradition request is that Jamal Khashoggi was murdered in Turkey by Saudi nationals who travelled to Turkey for this specific objective", a senior Turkish official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to talk to the media.

Saudi Arabia's chief prosecutor, Erdogan said, will arrive Sunday in Istanbul as part of the investigation.

On the matter of Jamal Khashoggi's killing and the ongoing investigation, Al Jubeir said the Saudi government is committed to finding all the facts, and said it is working closely with the Turkish government to do so.

"The statements he made about the subject were totally opposite within a very short period of time, and I totally took what he said [about a visit] as something he said to garner support from the public and considered it as such", she said Friday.

Erdogan said he had spoken with Prince Mohammed.

"This issue has become fairly hysterical", Jubeir said.

President Emmanuel Macron told King Salman on Wednesday that France, in coordination with partners, could take action against those held responsible for the murder.

"It is not that we don't have any other information or documents".

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Turkish police have been investigating the Khashoggi's murder.

Saudi Arabia denied any knowledge of Khashoggi's fate for more than two weeks, before claiming he was killed accidentally in a fight at the consulate.

Central Intelligence Agency director Gina Haspel, who was in Turkey earlier this week to review evidence, briefed U.S. President Donald Trump in Washington on Thursday.

Cengiz said she waited outside the consulate for Khashoggi for more than 10 hours.

"And we will put in place mechanisms to ensure it doesn't happen again", Jubeir told the defence forum.

"Even Saudi Arabia itself has admitted that the crime was premeditated and involved state officials", Agnes Callamard, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extrajudicial, Summary or Arbitrary Executions, said during a press conference.