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Turkey issues arrest warrant for two senior Saudi officials Khashoggi murder

A candle light vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate on 25 October 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey [Chris McGrath/Getty Images]
A candle light vigil to remember journalist Jamal Khashoggi outside the Saudi Arabia consulate on 25 October 2018 in Istanbul, Turkey [Chris McGrath/Getty Images]

A Turkish court has issued two arrest warrants for former Saudi Deputy Foreign Intelligence Chief, General Ahmed Asiri and Royal Court Adviser Saud Al-Qahtani for their involvement in the murder of Saudi journalist, Jamal Khashoggi in Istanbul in October.

The Turkish prosecutor’s office said in a statement Wednesday it had filed warrants for the arrest of Asiri and Al-Qahtani; both were removed from their posts after the murder, after concluding that there is “strong suspicion” that they had been involved in planning for the assassination.

Khashoggi; a Washington Post Columnist was murdered inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul in October by a Saudi hit-squad.

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