Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Jamal Khashoggi murder

Saudi Arabia rejects call for international probe of Jamal Khashoggi murder

"We would like to assume that Mr. Al Aiban's remarks reflected his personal views rather than the official position of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia - our friend and kin", the communications director said.

"We urge Saudi Arabia to tell the world which individuals are now on trial on what charge (s)", Altun said, to lay to rest any doubts that may arise about the "sincerity" of the judicial proceedings in the kingdom.

The suspects are believed to have been involved in the killing and dismembering of Khashoggi, a Middle East Eye and Washington Post columnist, inside Saudi Arabia's Istanbul consulate on 2 October, Turkish Daily Sabah reported.

Riyadh "categorically rejects any talk about the internationalization of the Khashoggi case", he said.

Turkey urged Saudi Arabia to extradite the perpetrators of the crime, as well as to provide information on the location of Khashoggi's body.

Al-Aiban described the murder as an "unfortunate accident".

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The head of the Saudi Human Rights Commission, Bandar Al-Aiban, stressed Thursday that there were no secret detention centers in Saudi Arabia, saying they violated laws.

On the United Nations recommendations on human rights, Al-Aiban said Riyadh was in the process of studying them but that some of them contradicted Saudi regulations.

Saudi Arabia has accepted as many as 453 human rights recommendations, either full or in part, during the past 10 years. It said earlier on Thursday that Saudi authorities should disclose the names of defendants and the charges they face if it wanted to avoid questions over the "sincerity of judicial proceedings in the kingdom".

The killing has severely strained ties between Turkey and Saudi Arabia, although Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan has good ties with the Saudi monarch, King Salman.

He added that any demands by foreign countries or bodies to launch an worldwide investigation would be "tantamount to the global community doubting the integrity of our judicial apparatus".

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