The Khashoggi family will seemingly find justice as Turkey has now instructed Interpol to issue 20 red notices in relation to the murder of the journalist.
Jamal Khashoggi is a Saudi journalist who was a columnist for the Washington Post. He was killed on October 2 after he entered the Saudi consulate where he went for his divorce papers.
On Thursday, Turkey’s Ministry of Justice announced the red notice instruction was made on March 1.
The Saudi government initially denied the slaying but later conceded it had taken place, however, claiming the highest level of the administration, namely the Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman had nothing to with the murder.
Eleven suspects are on trial for the murder and the prosecution is seeking death penalties for five of them, according to Saudi sources.
Following Turkey’s announcement, Bandar bin Mohammed al-Aiban, the head of Saudi Arabia’s human rights commission dismissed the international efforts to seek justice for the slain journalist.
Al-Aiban labeled the attempts as, “foreign interference,” into his country’s domestic affairs.
“We are indeed horrified by what has happened pursuant to this unfortunate accident. We have taken those measures required for us to resolve this heinous crime.” al-Aiban was quoted by Reuters.
He claimed the probe in Saudi Arabia was compliant with international law, thus duly transparent.
Turkey asserted on Thursday the defendants’ identities and the charges on which they are being tried should be divulged if the kingdom wanted to avoid scrutiny over the probe in the country.
Khashoggi’s murder caused friction between Saudi Arabia and Turkey, over Ankara’s efforts to pursue an international inquiry into the killing.