Turkey wants extradition of 18 Saudis in Khashoggi case

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In this image from TV, Hatice Cengiz, who is Turkish, reacts during an interview on Turkish television channel HaberTurk, Friday Oct. 26, 2018, about the day her fiancée Jamal Khashoggi entered the Saudi consulate in Istanbul and was killed inside.

Mr Erdogan criticised initial Saudi statements that claimed the journalist had left the consulate unharmed after going there for paperwork related to his planned marriage to Ms Cengiz.

"Unfortunately there has been this hysteria in the media about Saudi Arabia's guilt before the investigation is completed".

The United States "does not tolerate this kind of ruthless action to silence Mr Khashoggi, a journalist, through violence", Mr Mattis told a meeting in the Bahraini capital Manama.

Key mysteries including whether the murder was carried out with the knowledge of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who denies it, and the location of Mr Khashoggi's body remain.

Saudi media had shown Khashoggi's son meeting with the crown prince, who reportedly expressed his condolences.

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In this January 29, 2011 file photo, Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi speaks on his cellphone at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. "They're detained in Saudi Arabia, and the investigation is in Saudi Arabia, and they will be prosecuted in Saudi Arabia".

After a succession of denials that Riyadh had anything to do with his disappearance, the kingdom eventually admitted that Khashoggi had died, but said it was in a fight with Saudi officials who had embarked on an unsanctioned extradition operation.

In a New York Times column earlier this month, Ms Cengiz said that if Mr Trump makes "a genuine contribution to the efforts to reveal what happened inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul that day, I will consider accepting his invitation".

While these were some of the sharpest comments Mattis has made on the Khashoggi killing, he said the incident would not diminish ties with Saudi Arabia.

Sanctions should come as "a European response" and be "clear and coherent.in all domains", the French leader said.

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Turkey is a friendly country to Saudi Arabia, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir said on Saturday.

Trump has called the case "one of the worst cover-ups in history".

After Cengiz wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post, pleading with President Trump and his wife Melania for help, Trump told reporters on October 10 that Cengiz would "be most likely coming to the White House" "fairly quickly".

In June of past year, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Bahrain collectively severed ties with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism. "But his statements were at very short intervals and they were contradictory".

Saudi Arabia has announced the dismissals of six officials who worked directly under bin Salman.

"We expect our request (for the suspects') return to be fulfilled because this atrocious event took place in Turkey", said Turkish Justice Minister Abdulhamit Gul.

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

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