Saudi Arabian Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir on Saturday said that the suspects in the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi would be prosecuted in the kingdom.
Al-Jubeir remarks came a day after Turkey said it wished to extradite 18 Saudi nationals authorities say were involved in the murder of the Washington Post contributor and Saudi government critic. Khashoggi was last seen alive entering the kingdom’s consulate in Turkey on October 2.
At a security conference in Bahrain, Al-Jubeir accused the western media of “hysteria” in its coverage of the case. He said the kingdom was being blamed even before the probe into the case was complete.
“This issue has become fairly hysterical. I think people have assigned blame on Saudi Arabia with such certainty before the investigation is complete.
“We have made it clear that we are going to have a full and transparent investigation, the results of which will be released.”
Saudi Arabia initially said Khashoggi had left the Saudi consulate in Istanbul alive on October 2, then claimed he had died in a fistfight there with Saudi officials. The Saudi attorney general said Thursday that Khashoggi was killed in a premeditated murder.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday demanded that Saudi Arabia reveal the location of Khashoggi’s body and hand over the suspects.