Saudi, Turkish prosecutors discuss Khashoggi killing

A Saudi Arabia's flag flies over the country's consulate in Istanbul, Sunday, Oct. 28, 2018. Saudi Arabia's attorney general is scheduled to arrive in Turkey on Sunday to hold talks with investigators looking into the slaying of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, who was killed in the kingdom's Istanbul consulate earlier this month. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Top Saudi and Turkish prosecutors discuss the investigation into the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi

ISTANBUL — Top Saudi and Turkish prosecutors on Monday discussed the investigation into the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi, a show of cooperation despite differences over which country should try 18 suspects who were detained in Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabia's top prosecutor, Saud al-Mojeb, met Istanbul's chief public prosecutor, Irfan Fidan, for one hour and 15 minutes at the main courthouse in Turkey's biggest city, Turkey's state-run Anadolu news agency said.

The two countries are jointly investigating the killing in Saudi Arabia's consulate in Istanbul, though Turkey has leaked evidence to the media in an apparent effort to pressure its regional rival for full disclosure. Turkey also says a trial in Turkey would be transparent, reflecting concerns about official Saudi attempts to dodge responsibility for the killing.

Turkey's foreign minister, Mevlut Cavusoglu, on Monday welcomed the cooperation between Turkish and Saudi investigators and said he hoped there would be no delays.

"The investigation should be concluded as soon as possible," Cavusoglu said. "The whole world is curious. All the truth should be revealed."

Turkey is seeking the extradition of the Saudi suspects detained for the killing, which happened after Khashoggi entered the consulate on Oct. 2. Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, however, says the kingdom will try the perpetrators and bring them to justice after the investigation is completed.

Saudi officials characterize the killing as a rogue operation carried out by agents who exceeded their authority. Some of those implicated in the killing are close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the kingdom's heir-apparent whose condemnation of the killing has failed to ease suspicions that he was involved.

Khashoggi, a onetime Saudi insider and U.S. resident who lived in self-imposed exile for almost a year before his death, had written critically of the crown prince in columns for The Washington Post.

Under mounting international pressure, Saudi Arabia has changed its narrative about Khashoggi's killing several times, recently acknowledging that Turkish evidence shows it was premeditated. Turkey alleges a 15-member hit squad traveled to Istanbul to kill the journalist, and then tried to cover it up.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan says his country will reveal more evidence about the killing but is not in any rush to do so. U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has said the killing undermines regional stability and has urged Saudi Arabia to conduct a full and complete investigation.

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